Category: Agriculture

Wendell Berry and Eric Schlosser: Protect What’s Worth Keeping & Develop Strategies Built Upon Love

This conversation between novelist, poet & farmer Wendell Berry (The Unsettling of America) and author Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) is worth viewing in its entirety.

Our focus, notes Berry, must be on far more than fear, guilt and anger over climate change. We must develop strategies built on love.

“We need a broad-fronted economic movement to protect everything that’s worth protecting, to stop damage to everything that’s worth keeping,” said Berry.

“We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.”

Instead of using fear and guilt as motivators, “We all need to find things we love to do, and do them.”

Published on Dec 15, 2016

Author, poet, writer and farmer Wendell Berry, in a public conversation with journalist Eric Schlosser, discusses his influences as a writer, his influences as a spiritual person, his connection to Kentucky, the land and more. He begins the conversation with Schlosser by talking about a term he’s coined—industrial fundamentalism—and continues to talk about the agrarian way of life and how to proceed in this new political era.

USDA & EPA Have Much More to Do to Protect Bee Populations – GAO Report

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have yet to adequately address threats to bee populations in the U.S., as directed by the 2015 White House Pollinator Health Task Force.

The USDA has not yet developed a plan for the monitoring of wild, native bee populations, and the EPA has not yet collected data on commonly used pesticide mixtures in order to assess their risks, according to the report. Read the full report here. Highlights document below.

GAO Bee Report