Making Lemonade

Sometimes good stuff happens, even when it is in response to some bad stuff. Cases in point:

When given poopy diapers….(I really like this one!)

When given filthy fracking water…(can we have our gas and enough clean water too? Does GE really bring good things to life?)

When given pathological palm oil policy that destroys rain forest…(Even General Mills has a soul?)

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. All good steps in the right direction.

    I t0o especially like the poopy diapers story. It has a kind of “and the children will lead them” quality to it. Now if municipalities would place/raise landfill taxes and thereby drive up the value of recycling economics I think we would see a lot more recycling – both of the existing nature (papers and plastics) and the new (poopy diapers) and the home grown (break out the old composte box).