And too many workplaces still subtly communicate to employees the idea that intense effort, usually in the form of long hours, is the best route to a promotion. In fact, though, if you can do your job brilliantly and still leave at 3 p.m. each day, a really good boss Read more…
I severely strained a muscle in my back over the weekend and am laid up for a couple of days. My doc gave me a couple of prescriptions to help with the recovery which have different schedules. I’ve always had trouble keeping track of medications, so I looked to my droid phone for help. My first thought was to use the built in alarm system, but this proved to be excessively time consuming and cumbersome to implement. I then thought I’d look to the Google Play store to see if there were any apps specifically designed for this purpose.
I recently had the good fortune to interview Liz McLellan. Liz runs hyperlocavore.com, a site that matches “people up in yardsharing groups and neighborhood produce exchanges.” Here’s our discussion…
If you can make it through this one without shedding a tear of joy, you’re probably better off avoiding this corner of the internet.
I just finished reading “Betterness,” the latest offering from Umair Haque (Twitter: @umairh), HBR Blogger, Director of the Havas Media Lab and founder of Bubblegeneration. The book is a lighting bolt of clarity aimed at the minds of those who are fed up with the status quo.
In reflecting on the causes of rising levels of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), we instinctively focus on direct sources of pollution. Power plants, vehicles and factories are images which typically come to mind. What we tend to overlook is the need fulfilled by these sources and the opportunities to modify the ways in which the needs are met. We don’t need power plants; we need electricity to power our homes and devices. We don’t need cars; we need safe and efficient methods of transport. We don’t need factories; we need products which provide utility. It is in this line of thinking which this paper intends to examine the current food systems of Los Angeles County, and to suggest a model which would reduce GHGs within the region and far beyond it.
Combined with deforestation, agriculture has recently been blamed for “36% of all anthropogenic emissions.” (DeFries and Rosenzweig 2010) Alternately, the World Resources Institute attributes 15.2% of all agriculture related GHGs, not including transportation, to agriculture. (Appendix A) Given its incredible impact, the global food system’s products and practices appear ripe for scrutiny.
Upon initiating research for this paper, my working hypothesis was that food miles were the cause of, and locavores the solution to, food-related GHGs. As often happens, research shined a light on unexpected data. Distance alone turned out to be far less important than method of transport. Additionally, food waste (Relaxnews 2011) and methods of production entered the picture as major contributors. Overconsumption and dietary choices further muddied the waters. As I waded through the available literature, the picture of a re-imagined food system began to emerge which centered on three guiding principles: properly aligned incentives, informed choices and overall efficiency. This paper attempts to detail the key factors contributing to GHGs in today’s food systems while hazarding a path forward.
If you know me, you know I love food, so when I had the chance to write a term paper recommending actions which would counteract the climate changing effects of greenhouse gases it was an easy choice. Many of you (Are there many of you?) are probably rolling your eyes now. I know, I know, it’s an energy thing, right? Fair enough, but an awful lot of energy goes into the production and transportation of food, so maybe the idea isn’t so far-fetched.