here are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.
Aldo Leopold

14 April 2005

House Considers Agro-Terror

House Considers Agro-Terror, Food Supply Risks The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security will fully consider the terrorist threat to U.S. food supplies as it develops legislation to effectively distribute funds to firefighters, emergency medical personnel, law enforcement, and other homeland security officials, said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), who chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight and also serves on the House Agriculture Committee, on 8 April. �The status quo simply does not serve our security needs,� Rogers said. �The first responder legislation� that was scheduled to be �introduced Tuesday will target funding where it can most effectively reduce the probability and consequence of terrorist attack, including the prevention and mitigation of attacks on our food supply. We must direct our resources at the greatest risks, accounting not just for population, but also for potential terrorist targets such as food supplies and agricultural resources in our rural areas as well.�

07 April 2005

CU's Garden Mosaics Program Takes Root, Renews Ties to Nature

CU's Garden Mosaics program takes root, renews ties to nature

Urban gardening activities, which are all part of a special kind of educational gardening program that connects children with elders, have taken root in more than 20 cities from coast to coast. It's proving so succesful in bringing generations and people from different cultural heritages together to investigate the connections among plants, people, and cultures in community gardens that it now has branches budding in places as far as South Africa. (For more on this story, see http://www.news.cornell.edu/Chronicle/05/4.7.05/Chron.html)