The Good, The Bad, the Ugly

Dew-docile dragonfly on a cool foggy morning


Taking the easy way out: here are some topics of note posted to twitter this week. A few might a few of you might find  interesting and worthwhile. Others, move along, nothing to see here.

Monsanto turns farmers into corporate serfs by banning seed saving. Brazil says NO and wins.

#EndFossilFuelSubsidies Let’s make other arrangements for humanities future–now, while we have the choice.

The fat of the land: the planetary burden of obesity. #onEarth

Clothianidin fully approved by the EPA in ’10 based on flawed study by Bayer. Still killing bees. Tell EPA NO.

Diluted Bitumen (dilbit) and Keystone: this is highly important information.

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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. I once worked for Bayer, as an on-site consultant, not an employee as such. I vaguely recall the chap in charge of the statistics and test-results fiddling the findings. At that time it was medical data…

    I trust none of the large corporations

  2. From your brevity I can tell the touch screen iPad isn’t a satisfactory medium for written expression, but your photo is nature magazine- worthy.