Saturday, December 13, 2008

Food Democracy Now

Obama will be picking a new Secretary of Agriculture (Food & Agriculture?) soon. This is a hugely important post. Transitioning away from petro-chemically intensive factory farming would have profound impact on sustainability, security, and rights issues. I have covered this at length before, so I will not go into great detail here. I will recommend a few books though; Farming With The Wild, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Biomimicry.

My recommendations for the Secretary's position are Michael Pollan, Wes Jackson, and Fred Kirschenmann.

Please click on the title link and sign the petition (include these 3 names in the comments section if you agree, or at least trust my recommendations) and perhaps go to and reinforce your message. We have a receptive President coming in and a very compelling reason to become proactive (survival). Please add your voice and thoughts to the conversation.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Cameron Sinclair: TED Prize wish: Open-source architecture to house the world

I have recently been focusing on housing and design, as these represent both a huge draw on resources and a tremendous opportunity for positive change. We can simultaneously improve the vitality and sustainability of our communities through better design and planning. Please check out this TED Talk by Cameron Sinclair.