Food System

Bubbles & Bonbons for Bounty at the Hotel Petaluma, A Valentines Day Benefit for Petaluma Bounty and a Resilient Local Foodshed

Petaluma Bounty is one of a handful of extraordinary, unique non profit organizations in Petaluma that provide so many services of exceptional public benefit that they’ve become indispensable to the community. Bounty’s a favorite, as they’ve been helping to build out the community’s sharing economy and a more resilient foodshed for better than thirteen years…

How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Courtesy of Yes! Magazine. Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system, from saving seeds to curbing food waste. Raj Patel & Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz Sep 08, 2017 Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is…

Like Farting in a Lift: Raj Patel on the Impoliteness of Poverty, Inequality and the Need to End Food Marketing to Children

From The Inquiring Mind archives, here’s a worthy example of the work that appeared in that Buddhist journal over the course of its thirty-one year run. This is an extended excerpt of an interview with Raj Patel that was first published in their Fall 2014 edition. It has lost none of its relevance or clarity.…

Organic Farmer Albert Straus & Crew Fight Climate Change and Promote Sustainable Practices

First Full-Scale Electric Truck—Powered By Cow Manure from Straus Family Creamery on Vimeo. Special thanks to Albert Straus and crew for a lifetime of organic and sustainable agriculture innovation. Now they’ve created a marvelous new use for cow poop – powering a brand-new feed truck. Thanks also to Haven B Media and Shereen Mahnami for the…

Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods

From the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR): FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday June 16, 2017 Contact: Nick Stumo-Langer,, 612-844-1330 In response to Amazon’s announced acquisition of Whole Foods, Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) and co-author of Amazon’s Stranglehold, made the following statement: “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods raises significant anti-competitive issues that should be deeply…

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.

Support Access to Slaughter & Processing Facilities in Marin – Planning Commission Meeting 11/28/16 at 1 pm

via CropMobster. Special thanks to Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak of Devils Gulch Ranch for the heads-up. From Kaplan-Pasternak: For any of you so inclined to help support some new changes to the Marin County Zoning Code which would allow for on farm slaughter, mobile slaughter facilities and brick and mortar facilities, there will be a hearing before…