This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Wednesday, December 3rd
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 UW-Madison financial aid team will be available to provide information detailing the financial aid process today, Wednesday, December 4th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Goodman Library, 2222 South Park Street. Learn how to submit the free Application for Federal Student Aid and apply for scholarships using the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub. For information, phone 266-6395.
The public is invited to an informational meeting to learn about the Cannonball Bike Path extension this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road. The project will connect the path from Fish Hatchery Road to the Wingra Creek Path, linking Fitchburg and the Arbor Hills neighborhood with downtown Madison. The Cannonball Path will serve as a key component of the regional network of paths used for recreation and transportation. For information, phone 266-4751.
In recognition of World AIDS Day, the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program will host a free community gathering tomorrow, Thursday, December 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center’s Brassworks Building, 214 Waubesa Street. Titled “ Pass the Mic”, the event will feature real-life stories told by people impacted by HIV. All are invited. Food and refreshments will be provided. Phone 241-1574 for information
The Kiosk is available online at wortfm.org/kiosk.
This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. I’m Greg Geboski. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.