Eat Your Vegetables!

By Daphne Bishop Did you ever think that mom’s admonition to “Eat your vegetables!” would not only shape national policy, but forge culinary partnerships between children, farmers and chefs to revolutionize the way we eat? Sam Kass is the chef who cooks for the Obama family with an eye towards uniting healthier menus and the [...]

EPA says Senate bill on climate change would help farmers more than initial studies showed

By Al Cross New Environmental Protection Agency analysis shows higher and more widespread income potential for agriculture from climate-change legislation. Farmers could receive $1.2 billion of initial income benefits from the Senate bill and potentially $18 billion over time, Ken Anderson of Brownfield reports. The analysis, conducted by researchers from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental [...]

Wanted: A Few Big Thinkers

By Debra Kozikowski Born and raised in Massachusetts, I just can’t help but get a little misty over the loss of Senator Ted Kennedy.  I look at the field vying to replace him and realize that Tom Brokaw was totally on the money when he wrote about how “the greatest generation” gave America their all and that [...]

Help Farm to School Win $10,000: It Won’t Cost You a Dime!

By Daphne Bishop Quicker than you can say “real butter,” you can help the National Farm to School Network win $10,000 to keep feeding school kids with fresh, local produce. All you have to do is click a button. That’s right. Click and vote for Jen Yu, one of twelve food bloggers competing for $10,000 [...]

The Not-So-United States of America – A Blog Action Day Essay

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I grieve. When I see this video of a polar bear struggling against ice melt, I force myself not to look away. I let myself feel the bewilderment and silent desperation of those magnificent creatures fighting for footing on ice that once supported them. They seem so stolid and accepting. I [...]

A grocery store can hold a rural community together

By Al Cross Rural grocery stores are one key to helping communities remain vibrant. Brian Depew and Steph Larsen of the Center for Rural Affairs write that rural groceries not only are a great convenience, they bring jobs and tax revenues to towns, and attract shoppers to other businesses. “When you have to leave town [...]

The Upside to the Present Recession

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s hard, and it may seem cruel, to dare talk about the possibility that anything good can come out of the economic situation in which we — and the rest of the world — find ourselves. The Obama administration says things are looking up.  They have to say that, and it [...]

Nobel Laureate Obama

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best thing, to my way of thinking, about Barack Obama’s having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize is that the Democratic National Committee finally — finally – stood up on its hind legs and snapped back at the Republican Party, giving them a dose of their own medicine. The DNC’s [...]

Acorns and Other Stuff for the Long Weekend

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Acorns Last year at this time I was wondering where all the acorns went.  So was almost everybody from Maryland to Nova Scotia, and out to the Midwest. This year, I’m almost glad to say, they’re back.  In full force.  More than full force.  We’re being carpet-bombed.  Drive down into the [...]

Little Things You Can Do to Make the World a Lot Nicer

By Daphne Bishop Do I hear you bemoaning the sorry state of the world again? Sure, you could go on about war, poverty, injustice and more. There’s plenty to complain about. Or, you could resolve to do one nice thing for someone once a week. That is exactly what Debbie Tenzer, founder of DoOneNiceThing.com did. [...]