Citywide Commercial Composting: Then and Now
Access to citywide commercial composting is still largely limited in the United States, but we’ve come a long way in recent years. Composting now recovers more than 20 million tons of waste annually, according to the most recent EPA data available. In a recent report submitted to the EPA, the nonprofit research organization Econservation Institute identified more than 180 commercial and residential food scraps collection programs across the nation, in communities with populations less than 200 on up to ones with more than 600,000. Composting recovers more than 20 million tons of waste annually, according to the EPA. Despite these encouraging numbers, recovered organics still amount to less than a third of the material that could be composted – meaning we still have a lot of work to do. So, how has commercial composting evolved?
Watch Dreams That Money Can Buy, a Surrealist Film by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger & Hans Richter
"Everybody dreams. Everybody travels, sometimes into countries where strange beauty, wisdom, adventure, love expects him." These words, a tad floaty and dreamlike themselves, open 1947's Dreams That Money Can Buy. "This is a story of dreams mixed with reality," the narrator intones. Joe, the film's protagonist, finds he has a sort of superpower: by looking into the eyes of another, he can see the contents of their mind. Dreams That Money Can Buy will be added to our collection, 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.. Related Content: Man Ray and the Cinéma Pur: Four Surrealist Films From the 1920s Un Chien Andalou: Revisiting Buñuel and Dalí’s Surrealist Film The Hearts of Age: Orson Welles’ Surrealist First Film (1934) The Seashell and the Clergyman: The World’s First Surrealist Film
Food Forest Comes to Life in Seattle
Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. “This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. MORE: Amazing Apple Powered Lamp
The Living Stage by Castlemaine State Festival
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How to Build Your Community From the Food Up
By Natural Blaze You might be amazed to find out that the price of one ounce of gold could put you well on your way to food independence, or even toward creating a small business. Let's take a quick look at some practical solutions that can empower individuals and local communities by returning to the land, as well as redefining what "returning to the land" really entails. There is exciting progress being made even in areas hardest hit by the current economic crisis. Current agricultural techniques such as aquaponics and vertical farming have reduced the space that is required for self-sufficiency and are providing extremely cost-effective methods of food production. This first video highlights the benefits of producing low-cost, healthy food to begin a process of community building that combines economic concerns, health, and education to start a positive feedback-loop of empowerment. This second video discusses what can be offered by a small-scale aquaponic system.
'Lights Have Entered Us': George Oppen's Words About Hope in Grief - Joe Fassler
Five lines of a George Oppen poem about bereavement continually amaze Jeffrey Yang, the author of An Aquarium and Vanishing-Line—and even connected him to a fellow poet. Doug McLean By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. The new poetry anthology Time of Grief: Mourning Poems is an unusual, inventive take on a familiar subject: It explores grief in its various shades and incarnations. Structured like a calendar over a span of 49 days—a traditional mourning period in some Buddhist and Judaic traditions—the book includes a diverse sequence of poems written in more than 20 countries. With authors ranging from an 11th-century Chinese poet to Tomas Tranströmer, the Swedish winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, Time of Grief presents human bereavement in unprecedented scale and scope. Related Story Jeffrey Yang works as an editor at New Directions Publishing and at New York Review Books. Bonus: A Poetry Reading
Fukushima meltdown appears to have sickened American infants
Fallout from that Fukushima meltdown thing a couple years back? It’s not just the Japanese who are suffering, though their plight is obviously the worst. Radioactive isotopes blasted from the failed reactors may have given kids born in Hawaii and along the American West Coast health disorders which, if left untreated, can lead to permanent mental and physical handicaps. Children born in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington between one week and 16 weeks after the meltdowns began in March 2011 were 28 percent more likely to suffer from congenital hypothyroidism than were kids born in those states during the same period one year earlier, a new study shows. Substantial quantities of the radioisotope iodine-131 were produced by the meltdowns, then wafted over the Pacific Ocean and fell over Hawaii, the American West Coast, and other Pacific countries in rain and snow, reaching levels hundreds of times greater than those considered safe. So stay tuned.
No Time to Grow Food? Company Will Plant a Garden for You
Farmyard, a Phoenix-based company, installs and helps maintain gardens for their clients. Photo: Kathryn Sukalich, Earth911 You know that saying, ‘Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime?’ This sentiment is pretty fitting for a new service available in the local food and gardening movement. Farmyard, a Phoenix-based company, has a unique business model that not only provides fresh, organic produce through a community supported agriculture (CSA) program, but also visits the yards of those interested in growing their own food, helps install gardens and follows up to ensure clients are properly tending to their crops. At its core, learning to garden requires that people alter the way they think, both about what they eat and how they interact with the world around them. “We’re so used to having that grocery store mentality, having everything all the time no matter what,” Rebecca Kidwell, co-owner of Farmyard, told Earth911.
Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sister (Spanish: Sor) Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (English: Joan Agnes of the Cross) (12 November 1651 – 17 April 1695), was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain. Although she lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, she is considered today both a Mexican writer and a contributor to the Spanish Golden Age, and she stands at the beginning of the history of Mexican literature in the Spanish language. Early life A portrait of Juana during her youth in 1666, which states she was 15 at the time, when she first entered the viceregal court She was born Juana Inés de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana in San Miguel Nepantla (now called Nepantla de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz in her honor) near Mexico City. Juana was a devoutly religious child who often hid in the hacienda chapel to read her grandfather's books from the adjoining library, something forbidden to girls. Death Posthumous Works Legacy