Nuance Omnipage Professional 16 Adobe Captivate Pricing Cheap Flash CS4 Download Corel Painter X MAC zonealarm antivirus 8 Buy Premiere CS4 Web Page Maker 3 Download Buy Windows 7 Download Buy Illustrator For MAC Windows Vista 64 Bit Cheap Buy Archicad 13 Download Autodesk Autocad 2009 windows 2003 enterprise licensing acdsee pro 2 Buy Production Premium CS4 Buy Adobe Premiere Elements 8 Buy Autoroute Download Frontpage Express where can i buy autodesk maya windows 2008 server Microsoft Office 2003 Full Download Buy Access 2003 Software Photoshop Elements 8 Price cubase 5 download Xilisoft Video Converter Ultimate 5.1 Download Norton Ghost 12 Download Full Buy Windows Vista Ultimate License Corel Draw Sale Buy Microsoft Onenote purchase powerpoint only adobe dreamweaver cs4 Autocad Inventor Lt Price Download Quicken 2008 Ms Works Download Download Ashampoo Burning Studio 7 Buy Photoshop MAC Purchase Photoshop Elements Grahl Pdf Annotator 2 Buy Download Avid Media Composer 4 Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 Download quarkxpress 8 Powerpoint Price windows datacenter price Deskshare Videoeditmagic 4.3 Price Efreesky Magic Utilities 2008 Download Cheap I.R.I.S. Readiris Pro 11 Microsoft Mappoint 2009 Cost Coreldraw For MAC Download Avanquest Powerdesk Pro 7 Price Download Sony Acid Pro 6 Buy Autosketch 10 3Ds Max Pricing Presenter 7 Adobe buy cubase sx3 Buy Ms Sql Server 2008 Download Microsoft Word 2007 Buy Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended Purchase Windows Xp License Buy Windows Vista Business Edition Buy Norton 360 3.0 Buy Adobe Flash For MAC Windows 7 Cost Oem windows 7 Acdsee Photo Editor 2008 License Code Download Sound Forge Audio Studio 9 Cheap Roxio Creator 2009 Ultimate Download Guitar Pro 5 MAC Download Conceptdraw Office Pro Download Autocad Electrical 2008 Buy Acronis True Image Home 2010 Buy After Effects CS4 Download Autodesk 3Ds Max 2009 Cheap Quarkxpress 8 MAC Buy Visual Studio 2005 Pro Buy Windows Vista Home Premium Buy Guitar Pro 6 Buy Windows 7 Cheap Buy Microsoft Office 2003 Product Key Autocad Inventor Professional Suite 2010 Download Windows Vista Home Basic Iso Imsi Turbofloorplan Home And Landscape Pro 12 Download Corel Photoimpact 12 Buy Autodesk Inventor Should I Buy Final Cut Express Buy Microsoft Project 2003 windows vista business Adobe CS4 Fireworks Download Buy Windows Xp Sp3 Professional parallels desktop 4.0 download Mudbox Pricing Buy Symantec Ghost Zonealarm Internet Security Suite 8 Price Cheap Norton Partitionmagic 8.0 Cheap Illustrator CS3 Download Adobe After Effects CS3 Roxio Copy & Convert 3 windows xp sp2 Cheap Photoshop Elements 8 Microsoft Excel 2003 Product Key Microsoft Visio 2003 Professional Download windows 2003 datacenter pricing cheap dragon naturally speaking Buy Microsoft Office Canada Money 2007 Download pinnacle studio 12 ultimate Buy Mcafee Total Protection 2010 Propellerhead Reason 4 MAC Buy Adobe CS4 Web Premium Norton 360 Buy Download Buy Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium Quarkxpress 7.3 MAC Download Uniblue Registrybooster 2009 Download Buy Sonar 8 wavelab download full version Adobe CS4 Design Premium MAC Full Version Download Vmware Workstation 6.5 Cheap Quickbooks Premier mathworks matlab maya pricing 2009 Buy Adobe Indesign CS2 microsoft office 2010 Download Encarta 2009 Adobe Contribute CS4 Download Buy Autocad Architecture 2010 Download Sony Sound Forge 9 adobe soundbooth cs4 Buy Windows Xp Cheap Adobe Photoshop CS3 Sale Vmware Workstation 6.5 Ace 3Ds Max Design 2010 Adobe CS3 For MAC Norton 360 Sale CS3 Production Premium MAC quickbooks enterprise 9.0 price windows xp Symantec Winfax Pro 10.4 Buy Purchase Vista Product Key Cheap Photoshop CS3 Sony Vegas Pro 8 Buy Microsoft Excel 2007 Buy access pricing Buy Windows Vista Home Premium Product Key Download Cyberlink Powerdvd 8 Ultra Cheap Nuance Pdf Converter Professional 5 windows 2008 enterprise buy Autocad Electrical 2010 Pricing Adobe Indesign CS4 Buy Native Instruments Traktor Dj Studio 3.4 microsoft office enterprise 2007 Buy Adobe Illustrator CS4 Xilisoft Dvd Ripper Ultimate 5 Price Buy CS3 Design Premium Illustrator CS2 Download solidworks premium price Download Corel Dvd Moviefactory 6 Dvd Ripper Platinum 5 Download Cyberlink Power Dvd 8 Download buy cubase le 4 Buy Microsoft Office Project 2007 Dreamweaver MAC CS4 Burnaware Professional nuance paperport professional 11.1 Smith Micro Poser 7 Buy Windows 7 Ultimate Purchase Windows Vista Download where to buy dragon naturally speaking Autocad Mechanical Best Price Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Buy Autodesk Architecture Suite Cheap Windows 7 Ultimate Streets And Trips 2009 Download Buy CS4 Master Collection Pixologic Zbrush 3 MAC Price Download Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 Cyberlink Powerdirector Prices Buy Outlook 2007 Cheap Microsoft Office 2003 Best Price Download Corel Video Studio Pro X2 Download Fl Studio 8 Xxl Cheap Adobe Auditio Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 Adobe Acrobat Cheap Cheap Nero 8 Ultra Edition Cheap Nero 9 Buy Adobe Premiere Pro MAC Microsoft Word 2003 Product Key Abbyy Finereader 5.0 Sprint pctools spyware doctor 5.5 After Effects CS3 For MAC Buy Visio 2007 Professional Purchase Windows 7 Business Master Collection CS3 Download Buy Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Buy 3D Home Architect solidworks software price Quicken Rental Property Manager 2010 Download Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Quicken Home & Business 2010 Download propellerhead reason 4 corel draw x4 Download Wordperfect Download Nero 9 powerpoint 2007 Purchase Windows 7 License Key Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Download Buy Microsoft Office For MAC Online Mappoint 2009 European Steinberg Nuendo 3.2 Buy windows 2008 standard price Download Adobe Indesign For MAC Windows Vista Home Basic 32 Bit Oem where can i buy dragon naturally speaking Autocad 2010 Buy windows datacenter license cost Download Microsoft Expression Web 3 Buy Microsoft Money 2009

Posts Tagged ‘Anna Lappe’

Listen to this Green Air Minute:

Eating Your Way Back to Nature

by The Green A-Team

What’s the simplest and most enjoyable way for city dwellers to  get back to nature?

The answer… eating.

If there’s one thing that makes the cramped conditions and lack of open spaces of city life worth the high cost of living, it surely must be the food.  International merchants, master restauranteurs, and local producers all converge in American cities to connect, and conduct business with a cultured and diverse consumer base.

Anna Lappe, bestselling author and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute, shares her thoughts on the future of food at a recent Sustainability Roundtable Discussion at the Mini Rooftop series in New York City.

As agriculture begins to turn back it’s clock to methods more conducive to sustainability, city dwellers will have more opportunities to dig into the freshest of what urban markets can bring.  So while there may not be much dirt to farm in the concrete jungle, know where your food is coming from and how it can transport you back to nature.

For more on sustainable agriculture and the full interview with Anna Lappe, click here.

Photo by Patrick Boland.

[Post to Twitter]   [Post to Digg]   [Post to Reddit]   [Post to StumbleUpon]
Make Current  

Anna Lappe, Author and Food Activist

by Rich Awn

Discussed: Disconnect/Phobia of Nature, Community Supported Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, Industry Supported Lies, Center for Global Food Issues, Chemical Farming, Monsanto, Against the Grain, Permaculture and Ancient Agriculture

There are a few voices that speak with resonant clarity through the noise of the “too much information generation.”  They are the conscientious mavericks whose passion and diligence in finding the truth of things have elevated them beyond mere mortal thoughtless drones but as hyper-human change makers, or as we like to call them, superheroes.

One such individual is Anna Lappe, co-autohor of Grub and Hope’s Edge, founding principal for the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund.  Her literary work brandishes a samurai blade in the face of the chemically tainted, spurious battle against the evils of the commercial agriculture and biotech industries.  Her ambitious work with the Small Planet Institute prods and ignites the basic human tendency toward social mimicry by generating a broad spectrum of “entry points” through media to understand, accept, and impart democratic social change.

See below for more photos from the MINI Space Rooftop: Sustainability Roundtable Discussion:

Q: First I wanna talk about living in an urban environment and how there’s a disconnect with nature and even a phobia, in some cases, with school children.  How do you think that we should be dealing with that?

A: That’s a very good question and one I’ve thought a lot about as a New Yorker for the past 10 years, one of the things that I always remind myself is that eating food, which we have to do on a daily basis, is our most direct connection to nature and someone who lives in a city, as you said, it’s not so often that we necessarily get our feet on dirt that we are consuming nature through the food that we eat.  Of course, many times for many of us, the food that we eat is many steps removed from nature but the closer we can get to connecting to food that is in it’s most whole, natural form is one of the best ways I think to connect to the environment and to do that through whole foods and through seasonal foods is a really powerful way to do that.

Q: You think Community Supported Agriculture programs are also a good way?

A: Absolutely.  So here in New York City, Community Supported Agriculture farms are completely taking off.  The concept behind a CSA farm, as they’re called, is this really beautiful idea that those of us who aren’t farmers but who are eaters and want to support farms can actually become a shareholder in a farm and give that farmer the money that they need up front to farm the way we want them to farm without chemicals and creating real food for us and then throughout the harvest season, get food from that farm, and there are now dozens of CSA farm communities here in New York City.  A really fabulous organization called Just Food is spearheading it here, but there are actually now more than 1000 CSA farms across the country and it is a really powerful way to connect to great food and to support farmers.

Q: What’s up with Greenwashing in food advertising?  Does America have a food culture, number one, and how can we break from our omniverous habits?

A: Well, Greenwashing I think is becoming more and more prominent across all industries including food as companies realize that more of us care, that we’re freaking out about climate change, that we’re worried about the environment and so it’s really important in that context that we become really savvy consumers of media messages about Greenwashing and to really be able to tell the real deal from just the Green hype and there are all kinds of ways we can do that.  We can also do things like speak up to the Federal Trade Commission that’s determining what they call “The Green Guides” in other words, the “rules” that they set about what a company can say and can’t say and ask them to set really strict standards so that we are protected from Greenwashing as consumers.

Q: Can we call them or email them?  How do we get in touch with the FTC?

A: The FTC, part of government that you might not think too much about, but the Federal Trade Commission is what protects us consumers from fraud of all kinds and they also set their Green Guides as their policies for what companies can say about their environmental friendliness and increasingly there are lots of companies that are making environmental claims whether their carbon neutral or carbon negative even, I’ve seen, or whether they are eco friendly or all natural.  These are vague claims that have very little meaning so the FTC is trying to determine how do we actually be more specific about that.  Increasingly, the food industry, as they come under fire for being such an important contributor to climate crisis, I see the food industry increasingly coming out with Green messages about their products.

Q: Are the FTC regulations different from USDA?

A: Yes, totally separate.  In the FTC’s Green Guides regulations I should specify, they’re actually not laws in the same way that the USDA Organic Standard is a certifiable standard that you have to follow strict rules around and you can get sued if you go outside of those certification standards where as the Green Guides are just guidelines.  I think the other great thing that we can look for when it comes to food that’s good for the environment is to look for the USDA organic certification; that’s a verifiable claim, there are standards behind it and it’s something we can trust.

Q: You brought up the IPCC and “scientific” organizations funded by commercial agriculture.  Who can we trust?

A: I, as someone who is constantly on the search for the truth, and I think that the number one thing that I do whenever I read any claim or even read people quoted in the newspapers is go behind the name of the organization to really look at who’s funding that organization and so, there are a lot of groups, really front groups, that are funded by the chemical industry for instance but have very neutral sounding names that to you and I might not raise an eyebrow.  So for instance, the Center for Global Food Issues, have you ever heard of it?

Q: No.

A: What is the Center for Global Food issues?

Q: Probably some amazing altruistic .org that I should be contributing to.

A: So have you ever heard of DOW, Dupont, Sargento, Monsanto…?

Q: Those are the top five worst polluters in the world, yes.

A: So the Center for Global Food Issues, is a project of the Hudson Institute and the Hudson Institute is funded in part by some of those companies that I just mentioned.  We can go to sources, I love resources like, is a great website.  You can actually go to that website and put the name in of one of these organizations that you read about and find out, is it a altruistic organization that’s created to get to the truth behind big issues or might there be another alternative agenda.

Q: How evil is Monsanto?

A: Hmm… well, let’s see.  Seeing as Monsanto has a habit of suing people who speak negatively about them, I don’t know if I want to answer that question on record.  In fact, Monsanto affected me very directly, affected my family very directly, my father before he passed away had written for his last book had written a book called Against the Grain that was a scientific evaluation of the claims by Monsanto about whether or not their crops actually yeilded more food, you know that’s one of the claims we hear from the biotech industry, and his book raised some serious questions about the Monsanto promise and their technology.  It was actually at his publisher ready to go to print when his publisher received a 7 page letter from Monsanto lawyers saying, we just wanna let you know, if you publish this book, we might come after you and at the time his publisher did not have an insurance policy his publisher got very worried about having to battle with such a large company like Monsanto who has been successful in suing many farmers and journalists and they pulled the book.  Ultimately my father was able to find a Maine-based publisher called Common Courage Press. I’ve always thought his book had a very different feel to it when it was published by this more left-leaning press than it would’ve been had it had been published by a New York City mainstream textbook publishing house, and that was just my own family’s experience of what this company is doing in terms of stifiling real debate and the fact that they have been so aggressive in going after scientists and journalists who truly just want to engage the public in debate to me, is some of the most profound evidence that this company is not interested in really letting the truth out not interested in really having the public know all the facts and make a decision based on facts.

Q: A topic that I’m super interested in is sustainable agriculture, namely Permaculture, and I wanted to get your thoughts on Permaculture and the return to ancient agricultural practices and do you see this as a trend?  Can we expect to see more of this in the US and worldwide?

A: There’s been this very strategic and very smart way in which those companies that have been promoting chemical agriculture have painted anything other than technology defined as using chemicals, technology defined as using genetically engineered crops that have been created in a laboratory, that anything other than that is backward that if we want to support anything other than that, that we’re Luddites or that we don’t care about progress.  It’s been a real battle that many people have been fighting now for decades to actually reframe the story and to show people that tapping into natural cycles of fertility and natural cycles of abundance and tapping into much of that ancient wisdom about how we fed our selves for centuries and centuries before all these chemicals came around that by tapping into that wisdom is not going backward it’s actually taking us into the future. I just heard Michael Pollen the journalist say that it’s “post Industrial farming,” and as I like to say it’s really about tapping into the best of ancient wisdom with the best of what we know about science and what we’re discovering is that we can actually take this form of farming even farther than we ever knew was possible in the sense that we’re seeing higher yields than we ever thought was possible through getting off of the chemical treadmill there’s been all kinds of new studies coming out that show that organic farming is a really powerful way to sequester carbon in the soil so this false tradeoff between forests and farms is one that we can shatter that idea by showing that farms can be this important way for us to sequester carbon.  There are all kinds of ways in which these traditional methods actually have a place in our modern world even more so than any of us could ever believe.

Photo by rich_awn.

[Post to Twitter]   [Post to Digg]   [Post to Reddit]   [Post to StumbleUpon]
Make Current