We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, August 23, 2010

Ask Umbra on the impacts of and alternatives to milk

by Umbra Fisk at Grist. This columnist answers a question from a fan that explores the issues regarding the production of milk and what might be substituted for milk. Quite informative and entertaining. 

Also, check this out--A Tale of Two Dairy Farms (One of Which Milks 30,000 Cows) at Politics of the Plate.