Eco activism

B-CYCLES GET MADISON ROLLING

When we are trying to live more responsibly, consuming less, burning less greenhouse gasses – bikes keep popping up as an integral piece of the puzzle. There was a great article in Monday’s NYTimes on biking in the Netherlands.   The Netherlands is bike heaven.  Doug and I loved the more […]

MAKING FARMERS’ MARKETS AFFORDABLE

Have you ever found yourself singing the praises of your farmers’ market only to have your conversation mate say they can’t afford such expensive food? There are so many answers to that statement. In most cases, it’s merely a matter of priorities and grasping the real cost of agribusiness food-like […]

CLEAN AIR PUBLIC ENEMIES NUMBER ONE AND TWO

We’ve been regulating air quality since 1970, and it’s a huge environmental success story.  The air has been getting cleaner and cleaner, according to Tracy Holloway.  She is director of the Environmental Studies Center for Sustainability and Global Environment (SAGE) at Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison, and she spoke this week at […]

5 WAYS TO BEFRIEND FIREFLIES

I spent the evening of Independence Day sitting in front of my barn.  The sunset was a gift of deep color fanning out across the entire western sky.  The crescent moon set through narrow bands of cloud.  And then the real show began as the fireflies lifted off from grass […]

FARMER JOHN PLOWED UNDER

I am away from my desk attending a family reunion.  To get to bucolic Monticello, Illinois, I have driven through countless miles of land that was once prairie and then small farms and is now an endless stretch of massive sterile mega-fields servicing agribusiness.   While I am reconnecting with […]

5 PODCASTS YOU SHOULD PLUG INTO

As former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Well, it’s a fact that most scientists believe that climate change is occurring. So which news outlets get it right and which get it wrong?  According to a brand […]