photo courtesy of Maui Surfer Girls
This picture doesn’t make you want to spend a day at the beach swimming in the ocean, does it? Ugh. What are we doing to our environment? It is a mess and there are days I want to crawl back into bed and give up, but there are always things we can do.
This commentary by Ned Sullivan talking about how riverfront communities can better prepare for future extreme weather events was featured on www.midhudsonnews.com in late November 2012:
Consider the following statistics:
- Nearly 80 percent of Americans now live in urban areas.
- Between 1982 and 2007 the contiguous 48 states lost 23 million acres of agricultural land, with soils best suited for growing food vanishing most quickly.
Not so surprising, the race is on to secure steady, reliable—and local—food supplies that can feed the country's growing urban centers. The goal is to create "foodsheds."
More and more, Americans relish locally grown food. This interest is reflected in the growth of farmers' markets, which experienced a 9.6 percent rise in the last year alone. Today, U.S. consumers have more than 7,800 opportunities to purchase the nutritious, just-picked bounty of nearby farms. Back in 1994, they had fewer than 2,000.
With America's population projected to increase by 29 percent between 2000 and 2025, the demand for fresh, healthy food is only going to rise. The key to growing adequate supplies is ensuring that farming remains economically viable.
Summer is all about berry eating in our house. Whether we are buying raspberries or strawberries at the farmers' market or blueberries from a Pick-Your-Own spot down the road, many berries enter our home and get devoured quickly.
Last weekend, my daughter and I decided use some extra blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to make our own watercolors.
In Yonkers, daylighting the Saw Mill River sets the stage for environmental and business improvements
When is a river not a river? When it’s buried beneath pavement.
For 80 years that was the sad fate of the Saw Mill River in downtown Yonkers, a city on the Hudson River half an hour by train from downtown Manhattan.