News from Vermont, by Janisse Ray
Two hundred years ago, eating local was a way of life. Vermonters stocked root cellars, smoked meat, made sauerkraut and pickles, and canned fruits and vegetables for winter. Now, eating local has become an important way to decrease dependence on fossil fuels and to help build a more dependable, decentralized food system. The average calorie travels 1,500 miles to arrive on our plates.
by Joshua Stearns, SCA Board Member and Alumnus
by Bernie Zaleha, Sierra Club Vice President (2004-2006), Sierra Club Board of Directors, SCA Alumnus
by Janisse Ray
Silent Spring opened the floodgates of inquiry into environmental contaminants and their effects on wildlife and humans, an investigation that accelerated in the 1990s. Weâ€™ve looked at chemicals in high doses as lethal. Weâ€™ve looked at chemicals as carcinogenic. But they may be affecting us in other life-threatening ways.
Oh arghh… Weâ€™re having an ice storm, Iâ€™m trying to work from home, and itâ€™s not going well. Iâ€™m back from vacation and feeling a surge of pent up energy to get some work done on SCAâ€™s websites. That, coupled with anxiety about having been away for 10 days has me feeling more than my usual frustration when things go awry, as they have this morning. First the SCA server went down, then I lost my internet connection altogether, and now the power is off. I will be out of business in about an hour when the battery in my computer goes dead.