Tag Archives: factory farming

The Ann Arbor Seed Company’s Eric Kampe on the importance of seed saving, the threat of the “Big Seed” industry, and how proud he is of his biennial root vegetables

A few weeks ago, I had the occasion to lead a seed bomb making workshop at the downtown Ypsilanti library, where, by the way, there happens to be a pretty awesome seed library. And, after we’d finished making the seed bombs, and talking about where and how they might be deployed, we watched a documentary […]

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BALLE founder Judy Wicks on the origins of Urban Outfitters, the birth of the Localist movement, and the necessity of local ownership

Recently, while in Grand Rapids, I had the occasion to meet Judy Wicks, the founder of the White Dog Cafe in Philadelphia, and the woman who, ten years ago, brought the Business Alliance for Living Local Economies (BALLE) into being. Since the meeting, we’ve been chatting by way of email… Here’s the interview. MARK: Having […]

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Stop the systematic abuse of antibiotics by factory farms

The Union of Concerned Scientists is lobbying for the passage of an agriculture bill that I’m very much in favor of. It’s called the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (H.R. 1549/S. 619), and, if enacted, it would curtail the frivolous, preemptive use of antibiotics by factory farms. Here’s some background from the Union […]

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