food, animal and wild ideas

There’s nothing new or ground-breaking in this opinion piece, except that it’s written by Thomas Friedman:

Let’s today step out of the normal boundaries of analysis of our economic crisis and ask a radical question: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What if it’s telling us that the whole growth model we created over the last 50 years is simply unsustainable economically and ecologically and that 2008 was when we hit the wall — when Mother Nature and the market both said: “No more.”

Too bad he couldn’t have seen this before it all crashed. It’s not like no one had thought of it before. But what’s done is done, and now the question is whether he takes a productive role in fixing the mess he promoted or just gets a big head because he thinks he’s thunk of something new.

And speaking of ideas from unlikely sources, here’s a Vatican slant on women’s lib:

It sounds like a spoof or just plain condescension, but as our economy comes tumbling down, we should remember how much of the good life is built on technologies we take for granted.

On the other hand, returning to savage nature sounds pretty awesome too:

A chimpanzee at Sweden’s Furuvik Zoo has been observed chipping at concrete to create discs to throw at visitors. He even made weapons at night to throw at visitors when the zoo opens in the morning.

“My initial thought, when I was half awake, was it’s a lunatic ninja coming through the window. It seems about as likely as a kangaroo breaking in,” Beat Ettlin told local media Monday.

And on to the food we eat and how we get it. This promises to be the start of an interesting piece:

This is an interesting story about the disappearing bees. Ever since the global warming connection got scrubbed, no one has really picked up the story again. There’s still no agreement on just what’s happening, but it’s not the novel experience it’s been made out to be. And it still looks like some of the causes are environmental or related to the treatment of the bees:

And finally, I’ve been buying some seeds, and I plan to help my friends dig up their yards for victory gardens. Apparently it’s all the rage:

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  1. On March 10, 2009 Heidi says:

    nice crop of links.

    first: no kidding. lifetimes ago, I was just a kid, I wondered how anybody could think this whole idea that the economy was only flourishing when it was expanding was a good thing. What happens when there’s no place left to expand? What happens when we run out? I stopped trying to ask.

    second: Isn’t it the case that now we just stink less…wash more? have more work to do with all our gadgets?

    third: have you seen the book “Thought to Exist in the Wild”?

    seventh: I fantasize about having someone work a garden in my little yard. there’s some guys in Portland that started a csa doing just that…growing stuff in other people’s yards, sharing the food, and selling the rest. or just having landscaping that is also edible, like kale, chard, and herbs.

    first I have to get rid of the junipers.

  2. On March 10, 2009 says:

    i don’t know which is worse: that the vatican thinks the washing machine is a source of women’s liberation, or that they actually think they have some authority to speak about women’s liberation at all. have they been paying attention the last 2000 years?

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