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 […]

CAPITALISM + FOOD = OBESITY?

GUEST POST BY KJ HANSMANN. Read more healthy recipes and thoughts on how communities approach food at Cooking Between Classes. I have been thinking more about the roots of the obesity epidemic since I read The End of Overeating by David Kessler a few weeks ago. And one theme that Kessler touched […]

OLD AND NEW INSECTS BUGGING WISCONSIN

Because it was my birthday yestersday, and I was making rather merry, I am sharing this fascinating press release from UW-Madison News by David Tenenbaum. The mosquitoes are back, the Japanese beetlesare starting to devour the 300 species of plants they call “food,” and a flock of invasive insects are […]

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 […]

OUR CURRENT CLIMATE AS SEEN FROM DEEP TIME

Sometimes it makes sense to step back and look at the big picture.  At a Wednesday Nite at the Lab lecture on the UW-Madison campus recently Todd LaMarskin of the Wisconsin Geological and Natural Survey detailed how paleoclimatology studies earth’s climate before we started keeping measurements with instruments.  That means […]

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 […]