Wall-e meets Gromit goes grocery shopping. Chipotle scores in this un-commercial info-tainment animated moral tale. We have become the undead among unfoods. There is another way to feed ourselves. â–¶ Slow foods, local foods: buy â–¶ Fast foods, long-distance foods: sell [su_youtube url=”http://youtu.be/lUtnas5ScSE”] Read more… What Does ‘The Scarecrow,’ Chipotle’s Animated Ad, Tell Us About the Company? : The New Yorker

We’d miss them–even as we complain all winter about having nothing but bananas to go on our morning cereal. But much of the world’s population relies on bananas for more than a supplement to bran flakes in the morning. Millions depend on them as a food source or for a major part of their farming income. And that source is facing the greatest pathogen it has ever encountered. The killer blight, a fungus, is called Tropical Race 4.  (My post here is a rough …

The HIV of Bananas Read more »

After a recent, much needed, early spring rain, I stood in the soggy fenced rectangle of the garden, taking it in. I stirred aimlessly with my boot at some old tomato vines and mulch, and uncovered my first earthworm of the year. In that instant, our worlds collided. And while I’m sure the nightcrawler gave no thought to my part in the encounter, our meeting left me staring into the distance with uncertainty of our relative merit in the grand scheme of things, his …

Terra sapiens: On Our Beholding to the Soil Read more »

☼ This buzzard probably weighed a few extra pounds from all the rain it soaked up Saturday night. His silhouette made for an eerie sight, perched atop the dead hemlock–carrion feeder sunning from a remnant skeleton tree whose demise was the result of an alien invasion of tiny tufts of white death. ☼ This Saturday, Barnes and Noble-Christiansburg at 7:00–I’ll be reading and signing books, the topic of focus is a 40 year retrospective: first wife, first camera and a snake in a box, …

Creek Jots ~ 2010-05-18 Read more »

Today’s food system in the year 2020 has many features that improve our resiliency and security. Key attributes are: Diverse. A complete and balanced diet can be had within the agricultural base of the County. Local. Food produced here is consumed here, and the agricultural landscape is no longer dominated by grapes and cattle for export. Renewable. Energy inputs for agriculture, transportation and processing are based on solar, wind, hydro and other non-fossil sources. Non-toxic. Artificial pesticides and herbicides are no longer available and …

Just in Time: Taking Stock of Tomorrow’s Groceries Read more »