Category Archives: Sustainability

August Is No Recess When Working Poor

School is out for Iowans who work yet remain on the margins of society. There is no recess from the constant demand to secure basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. The add-on expenses of transportation, health care, interest on … Continue reading

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Opioids: A Conjured Crisis

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack scolded the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine about opioid abuse on Friday. The institution is not doing enough to train its soon-to-be health professionals on an opioid abuse epidemic that claims thousands of … Continue reading

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Earth Day 2016

My participation in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 evolved in a convergence of social vectors. Among them was this Apollo 8 photograph of Earth above a lunar landscape by astronaut William Anders. After viewing the photograph I … Continue reading

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Iowa Farmers Offer Cover Crop Webinar

Practical Farmers of Iowa, Cover Crop Solutions and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Present Webinar on the Basics of Cover Crops Thursday, July 30, at 1 p.m. Mark your calendar for a webinar to be held on July 30 that … Continue reading

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Taking Care Of The 100 Percent

The story we would like to be able to tell is of a world that “works for 100 percent of humanity.” We’re not there. In fact, L. Hunter Lovins points out, “Humanity stands at the edge of a crumbling cliff.” … Continue reading

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Slaves Produce Seafood For U.S. Market

While Iowans engaged in the NCAA Basketball Tournament another story was being written by Associated Press reporters Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza about food not far from televisions tuned into the games. Following a year-long investigation, AP broke … Continue reading

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Finding A New World? Harder Than Some Think!

Tip of the hat to http://www.dailykos/comics As some of you may have read here Thursday Iowa is in the process of “studying” allowing the Bakken Oil to build a pipeline across Iowa. Minnesota is also looking at a pipeline from … Continue reading

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Nutella And No

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Rhonny Dam, the Good Green Witch, connected with Blog for Iowa through Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project. Hope you enjoy her latest post. Reprinted with permission. For regular updates, follow her blog here.] This really isn’t OK. But … Continue reading

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Eat Your Iowa Vegetables

There is little agreement about how to apply the principles of sustainable agriculture to the dominant chemical-based farming system and equally robust hegemony of consumer society. It is not clear that these ideas about farming and consumerism even go together. … Continue reading

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Iowa Hosts Physicians For Social Responsibility

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa played host to the national organization Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) from May 6 through 10 at the Hotel at Kirkwood. Iowa held center stage for meetings convened by national and international leaders of the 52 year … Continue reading

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