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Cohen: Hypocrisy OKs birds’ slaughter | Boston Herald

Do you know what your president’s been up to? Everyone knows of his green energy agenda and his wanton support for the companies who produce it, with government backed loans. Now, with absolutely no fanfare, President Obama has lifted the burden of protecting eagles and other protected birds, from wind turbines. Sorry all you endangered birds of prey but, wind energy comes at a price and you’re it.

‘If you’re a wind turbine company, you can apply for a permit green-lighting the killing of more birds and eagles for the next three decades without penalty thanks to an “administrative” waiver President Obama quietly signed Friday.’

I’m all for sustainable energy and measures to break our dependence on coal and oil, but I find this rather sad.

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America Could End Homelessness in One Year by Doing This – The Mind Unleashed

Really? Seriously?  Of course we could but would we? Sadly, I fear we won’t.  By we I mean we the people of the greatest nation on Earth, and I say that with tremulousness.

All those pondering questions aside, the statistics given are staggering.  1. In 2011 there were 5 times more empty homes than homeless families. 2. Every day in America, we send millions of plastic bottles into the landfills. 3. We could instead use them to build nearly 10,000 2 bedroom homes a year.

Since we are unwilling to allow empty homes to be occupied by the homeless, why don’t we at least build them homes with FREE resources?  Why is it that we insist on leaving this innovation to third world countries? All of this goes hand in hand with our hunger epidemic. There’s no lack of food, tons go into the landfills with the plastic bottles. So here we are with homeless, under nourished families and yet we bury the very resources that could solve these problems into our landscape. Stuff to really think about.



Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms : The Salt : NPR

This is awesome, especially since developers are planning this purposely. Little do many know, this model exists already here, if only by accident. Our farm’s 7.5 acres is what’s left of a large dairy farm that used to supply nearby residents fresh milk and cream. Sometime in the late fifties or early sixties, the farmer died and his wife and children sold off the cows and let the pastures go fallow, allowing another farmer to cut hay off of it. As time went by and taxes increased with rising development,  land was sold off perpetuating the continued cycle. These 7.5 acres were slated to be the final phase of a neighboring subdivision when the housing market crashed, which is how we finally came to land here. Unfortunately, the vast majority of our neighbors did not purchase their home with the proximity to a local farm as a factor. Even after going door to door, inviting neighbors to come visit and see what we produce, we have had but a few become supporters. What we are challenged with is to convert big box grocery patrons, who primarily purchase based what they perceive as affordable and convenient, into patrons of local food. So if you happen to be residing in the Marietta/West Cobb area, you might want to to take a look at what we have to offer so close to you. Follow the link below to see how what happened here by accident, is being purposefully implemented elsewhere.

GMO Apples

You have until midnight tonight, Monday December 16 to submit your desire to keep apples GMO free to the USDA. If you are in favor of GMOs, you’re following the wrong blog.

Emotional Roller coaster, High’s and Lows of Farming

Being a skip generation farmer, I find the roller coaster of emotion that comes with it to be exhilarating, exhausting and frustrating. I guess for those who grow up on a farm, there is an ingrained ability to take it in stride without stumbling too much.

It never fails that if something catastrophic happens, I am away at the fire station and Katie is the one who must deal with the situation. I get to come home and try to make sense of what transpired while I was gone. Being gone for 24 hours sometimes puts me 2 or 3 days behind.

To keep from loosing all hope and giving up when we lose a cow, a dog runs away, there’s too much rain, there’s drought, the garden fails, rabbits die, and hawks attack; we have to look for the small miracles that our society has lost sight of. We get to experience the mystery of witnessing  grass and hay convert into milk, seeing new kits in a nesting box, watching a calf come into the world, digging a potato from the earth, gathering eggs, plucking black berries from the brambles, and watching our children grow in an environment that allows them to grow in and explore the fullness of creation. To revel in wonder at what so many are oblivious to and take for granted. Most of all, we have come to understand true thankfulness and gratitude to our Maker for how we are blessed.

Watch America Grow Fatter, In One Scary GIF

This is some scary stuff.

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese jumped from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. The percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
Obesity increases the likelihood of you dying young, including a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes.

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