1. Let the $un Shine

    What do a synagogue, a dance center, and 500 strangers in 13 countries have in common? The answer might surprise you. Andreas Karelas is the 2013 Audubon Toyota Together Green Conservation Leadership Fellow.  He has ten years of experience in environmental & renewable energy experience and is now the Founder and Executive Director of RE-volv, a non-profit that raises capital & lends to communities to install renewable energy systems. Food For Thought & Conversation “If we only focus on the negative aspects of climate change, we will not get going or take action in the way we need to in order...
  2. An Amazing Detective Story

    How a group of determined citizens and scientists found the truth and prevented more deaths.  Dan Fagin received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for his book, Toms River: A Story of Science & Salvation. He is the Director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University, has held several fellowships throughout his career and spent fourteen years at Newsday as an environmental reporter.   Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation also won three other awards for outstanding Journalism. He also wrote Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law and Endangers Your...
  3. Power to the People

    Member-owned Kodiak Electric provides more power from renewable resources for less money. Jim Devlin is Operations & Engineering Manager at Kodiak Electric Association in Alaska  Food For Thought & Conversation Share your thoughts about Kodiak Electric surpassing its goal of 95% renewable power by 2020 by reaching 99%in 2014. Jim points out that Kodiak Electric’s Cooperative’s leadership takes risks and provides the alternative energy vision.  How does that compare to the leadership of the energy company in your town?  Actions Not all rural electric coops are as strong about alternative energy as Kodiak’s. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association campaigned against...
  4. Hatching Solutions

    Kodiak Fishery works with nature to increase the salmon population without chemicals.  Al Seale is Pillar Creek Hatchery Manager in Kodiak, Alaska  Food For Thought & Conversation Pillar Creek Hatchery appears to be filling a need in the Kodiak region by contributing to the provision of the 35% of hatchery wild salmon in the area.  Please discuss your thoughts about this. Discuss the difference between Farm Raised and Hatchery Originated Salmon and what the pros and cons of both approaches might be. Do you know of any animal-related food-producing farms in your area that might apply this model for more sustainable and...
  5. United for Life

    How the citizens of Charleston came together to protect their most precious resource: water. Mel Hoover is Reverend Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church. He was the 2013 recipient of Unitarian Universalist Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in anti-racism, anti-oppression, community-building, gender equality and environmental justice. He is 2014 Co-Founder of the MelRose Positive Transformative Change Ministries. He is involved with the Earth Charter Movement, a global movement for a sustainable future, and was an incorporator of “Earth Scouts” for boys and girls 3 to 17. Rose Edington is Reverend Emerita of the Unitarian Universalist Church.  She is the Co-Founder of...
  6. A Thriving Local Food Project in Bainbridge, WA

    Who wouldn’t want to eat good food grown locally using sustainable methods? The biggest problem for most people is finding it. Here’s how one community is solving that problem.  Carolyn Goodwin is Co-Founder of Sound Food in Bainbridge Island, WA.  She is a consumer-focused marketing professional and sustainable food evangelist with strategic and tactical skills. Food For Thought & Conversation Share your thoughts about Carolyn’s efforts to connect people living in the Bainbridge community with farmers, restaurants and stores focusing on local foods. What is the state of the local food economy in your community? US Department of Agriculture will spend...
  7. Eat More Chocolate

    Who says you have to sacrifice pleasure to do good? Sophi Tranchell is Global Managing Director at Divine Chocolate, Fairtrade pioneer, Social Enterprise Ambassador, Chair of Fairtrade London, & London Food Board member. Food For Thought & Conversation To the Mayas, cocoa pods symbolized life and fertility and the Aztecs believed that that it had nourishing, fortifying, and even aphrodisiac qualities. When did your love affair with chocolate begin? What makes Divine Chocolate a unique and one of a kind Chocolate Company?  Does the answer to that question help to spur you towards being a wise consumer and choosing Divine Chocolate?...
  8. A Cultivated City

    You don’t have to live in the country to farm. Urban agriculture is blossoming in Portland, Oregon.  Simpson Street Farmers: Caienna Bierwirth studied at University of Oregon and is also Assistant Instructor at Tracking Earth, out-door adventures for folks of all ages.Rex Rolle studied at Whitman College and formerly worked at New Seasons Market and Kruger’s Farm. Sun Blossom Farmers:Dena & Noel Lieberman  Food for Thought & Conversation What are the benefits of urban farms to growers and neighbors? Are you aware of urban or backyard farms in your community? How can you find out? Can you learn more from your local...
  9. Playing Moneyball with Doctors

    Believe it or not, Don McCormick, a former insurance executive, made healthcare cheaper for patients and more lucrative for doctors in Houston without the middlemen. Here’s proof.  Don McCormick is founder of the Patients Physicians Cooperative operating in Houston and in other cities. He had an impressive career in the insurance industry where he served as the Executive Director of the National Association of Preferred Providers from 1987 to 1996; an association of physicians, hospitals who contract with insurers & employer trusts to provide health care services in managed care plans.  He then became the director of Tomorrow’s Bread Today (TBT),...
  10. Punc Power

    What is a punc and what does it have to do with communal napping and healing?  David Barfield is a receptionist at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, OR. Whitsitt Goodson is a licensed acupuncturist at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, OR and Coordinator of Volunteers for Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture  Food for Thought & Conversation Please share your experience with using acupuncture. If cost of treatment was holding you back from seeking help through acupuncture, does knowing about the community acupuncture cooperative reduce that roadblock for you?  What is your opinion of the co-founders of Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture’s...

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