This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Thursday, December 12th
America certainly has an abundance of food (even though many Americans do not), yet we face a momentous choice of whether to pursue a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriCULTURE – or one based on the exploitative ethic of agriINDUSTRY.
What better symbol of agri-industry’s vision of “food” than that ubiquitous Thanksgiving bird, the “Butterball” turkey. The Butterball has been hoisted onto our tables by huge advertising budgets and regular promotion payments to supermarkets. The birds themselves have been grotesquely deformed by industrial geneticists, who created breasts so ponderous that the turkeys can’t walk, stand up, or even reproduce on their own (thus earning the nickname “dead-end birds’). Adding torture to this intentional deformity, the industry sentences these once-majestic fowl to dismal lives in tiny confinement cages inside the sprawling, steel-and-concrete animal factories that scar America’s rural landscape – monuments to greed-based corporate “husbandry.”
As the eminent farmer-poet-activist Wendell Berry tells us, eating is a profound political act. It lets you and me vote for the Butterball industrial model or choose to go back to the future of agriculture, which is the art and science of cooperating with, rather than trying to overwhelm, nature. That cooperative ethic is the choice of the remarkable “Good Food Uprising” that has spread across the country in the past 30 years. Now the fastest-growing segment of the food economy, it is creating the alternative model of a local, sustainable, small scale, community-based, organic, humane, healthy, democratic – and tasty! – food system for all.
To take part in the good food movement and find small-scale farmers, artisans, farmers markets, and other resources in your area, visit www.LocalHarvest.org.
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It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
The public is invited to an input meeting to offer insight regarding pending improvements to the playground equipment at Woodland Hills Park this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Alicia Ashman Library, 733 North High Point Road. Phone 266-4711 for information.
A presentation titled, “Eyewitness to the Chilean Spring Uprising”, will be offered this evening by Adam Schesch at 6:30 p.m. at Madison’s Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street. Adam will provide an overview of the current Chilean uprising, as well as an eyewitness account. Sponsored by the Peregrine Forum. For information, phone 284-9082.
A free family cooking class with Chef Lily Kilroy will be offered on Saturday, December 14th from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at the Meadowridge Library, 5726 Raymond Road. This will be a hands-on class for families. Participants will whip up some of Chef Lily’s favorite fun recipes. Pre-registration is required. Phone 288-6160 today to reserve a spot.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for those 55 and older. Volunteers can make a difference at the Henry Vilas Zoo, The River Food Pantry, Prospect Gardens, the Community Action Coalition, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and elsewhere. Phone 441-7891 for information.
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