JB MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, authors of the book, Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet – Turning an Idea into a Movement
When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 milesâ€”call it “the SUV diet.” On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon (bios) chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Since then, James and Alisa have gotten up-close-and-personal with issues ranging from the family-farm crisis to the environmental value of organic pears shipped across the globe. They’ve reconsidered vegetarianism and sunk their hands into community gardening. They’ve eaten a lot of potatoes.
For more information about The 100 Mile Diet, please visit 100milediet.org.
Jessica Brodie graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelors of Arts in Community Studies. Her field work has included internships at the Homeless Garden Project and Women’s Organic Flower Exchange in Santa Cruz. Her main field work was a six-month internship with WWOOF New Zealand in which she worked on ten organic farms on both the north and south island. Her thesis focused on bioregionalism and the state of genetic engineering in New Zealand at the time of her field work. Jessica has worked as an activity leader for developmentally disabled adults at the Clausen house in Oakland, California. She is currently a recreation coordinator at the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco, California.
For more information about WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), please visit wwoofusa.org.
John Seager, President and CEO of Population Connection
For nearly forty years, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth) has been educating young people with its award-winning Population Education program and advocating for progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.
Mr. Seager was formerly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and also served as Chief of Staff, Communications Director and District Director for U.S. Representative Peter H. Kostmayer. He holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford. Mr. Seager was been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 2005.
The ultimate goal behind the creation of Broken Limbs was to help viewers begin to change the way they think about the food they eat and the vital role of farmers in their communities.
Broken Limbs took as its starting point the writings of Dr. John Ikerd, professor emeritus from the University of Missouri. Dr. Ikerd’s work comprises a vast and thoughtful body of literature on the topics of sustainable agriculture and the economics thereof.
Since retiring from the University in early 2000, Ikerd spends most of his time writing and speaking out on these issues. We encourage anyone interested in these topics to spend some time perusing his work. His many papers, as well as the full text of his new book entitled The Case for Common Sense can be found at: www.ssu.missouri.edu/faculty/jikerd
For more information about Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer, please visit www.brokenlimbs.org.
Audrey, Program Manager for the CSA Program at Full Circle Farms
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) originated in Europe and Japan as a reaction to the gradual loss of quality in produce. This natural phenomenon occurred as farms grew further and further away from the center of their own community.
In America food travels an average of 1500 miles before it reaches the dinner plate. Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are used to cover the stress of travel on fresh produce. Communities have come together all across America to support local farms in their community instead of giant grocery store conglomerates that choose to support large agro farms. Each CSA operates in its own unique way, but the basic idea remains the same: consumers and farmers collaborating to ensure a safe and healthy food source in their community.
We our introducing a new audio comment system, you can now leave an audio comment on any of our posts. You will find an â€œInsert Audio Commentâ€ link at the bottom of the usual “Add Comment” space. All you need is a microphone! Try it out and let Michael and John know what you think about the show!
Our Mission: Sustainable Connections is a business network establishing and supporting a local living economy that sustains itself, our community and a healthy environment.
Our Vision: We envision sustainable business practices that lead to a healthy environment, meaningful employment, strong communities and buying local first as commonplace in our region and a model for the rest of the world.
All of our members are local and independently owned businesses, organizations and supportive individuals. Locally owned businesses give back to the community, offer more living wage jobs, ensure the unique character of a region, and have greater control over minimizing the environmental impact of their businesses.
Our members commit to improving specific business practices benefiting our community, economy, environment and workplaces.
Bo Rinaldi, Cofounder, Vegan Fusion: Bo is the visionary devoted to healing and service that introduces the blossoming lotus to the international community. A natural food chef of over forty years, experiencing first hand that â€œfood is your best medicine,â€ he deeply believes that nonviolence and the vegan lifestyle is the path to Global Peace. A post-technology entrepreneur and angel investor, his focus is on assisting groups that wish to bring about a positive shift in personal and worldwide transformation.
Vegan Fusion is dedicated to the promotion of the Vegan diet and lifestyle as a means to Planetary Peace. Guided by the principles of ahimsa, or nonviolence, it serves to educate and inform on the benefits of Veganism on a personal and global level.
For more information on being a vegan and about vegan fusion projects, please visit VeganFusion.com.
Dakota Beef LLC is committed to uniting its producers, employees, chefs, retailers and distributors to deliver the most tender and flavorful certified organic beef products to health-conscious consumers. In accomplishing this mission, we will preserve and protect our environmental resources, contribute in a meaningful way to our communities and earn a fair return on our business investment.
The Dakota Beef Story – Scott Lively, the Founder of Dakota Beef, was visiting his wifeâ€™s hometown in South Dakota when he learned that one of its largest employers was closing down. He was hoping to find a way to create jobs for the local community when he came upon the idea of launching a certified organic beef company. Find out how the concept of Dakota Beef became a reality.
About Mark D. Plunkett – Seattle Aquarium Conservation Coordinator:
Mark D. Plunkett is the Conservation Coordinator for the Seattle Aquarium. The Seattle Aquarium is wealth of undersea information for educators, kids, parents and visitors. Here’s your chance to get face-to-fin with marine life. Through specialized teacher programs, field trip opportunities, events and other marine resources, everyone can learn to share the knowledge and encourage the protection of the Sound that surrounds us all.
The heartbeat of hands-on marine experience and preservation education in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Aquarium offers fun, exciting ways to discover more about the amazing Puget Sound that surrounds you!
Mark D. Plunkett Education:
M.S. Biology, Western Washington Univ., 1980
B.S. Biology, cum laude, Seattle Pacific Univ., 1978
About Matthew Freeman-Gleason and Environmental Home Center:
Freeman-Gleason’s (Chief Knowledge Officer) vision and expansive background has been instrumental in building the company. Today, as chief knowledge officer, he develops the knowledge base and knowledge management systems and, working closely with internal and external technology departments, integrates these systems into a sustainable building materials information-sharing network. Freeman-Gleason also works on the product expansion team and with Built-e’s editor, develops the information contained in the company’s Web site. With his extensive product knowledge, Freeman-Gleason routinely interfaces with Built-e staff and customers on sustainable building materials and practices.
Freeman-Gleason founded Enviresource in 1991 and served as president until June 2000. He opened the first Environmental Home Center (EHC) facility on Bainbridge Island, Washington in 1992 and expanded it to its current Seattle location in 1995 during which time Freeman-Gleason exercised complete responsibility for the retail store, including purchasing, warehouse, merchandising, staff hiring, customer service and financial control.. Prior to his role at EHC, Freeman-Gleason worked as a carpenter, contractor and wooden boat builder as well as retail management experience in the liquor/wine industry.
Freeman-Gleason is a frequent speaker at architectural and design seminars and conferences, as well as government and educational forums where he speaks about SBM, indoor air quality, resource efficiency and implementation of sustainable methods in the built environment. Freeman-Gleason was recently an instructor in the American Lung Association Healthy Home Program.
Freeman-Gleason earned his BS in physical geography from State University of New York at Buffalo.
A polarity in society has galvanized a disconnect between people. Positions are marinated in certitude of their virtues, deafening them to any opposing viewpoints, blinding them to ideas that didnâ€™t originate from within their doctrine. In short, there is very little listening in todayâ€™s discourse. This deficiency is the beginning of the degeneration of communication. For discussion to work effectively, to result in anything productive it must contain listening. When parties involved, whether opposing or amiable, cease to listen, communication has broken down and the conversation has essentially ended.
This self-inflicted deafness that brings about the end of communication also initiates the loss of the art of discussion. Conversations devoid of listening become either conflicts filled with ridicule or speeches filled with condescension, rife with sound bites. In this manner we loose the meaning of discussion â€“ the capacity to convey ourselves. Listening is the key. Without it the environment wherein we can live together, must live together, is jeopardized.