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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


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The U.N.’s New Food Source: Bugs. Really.


Eat-a-Bug cover compAs the food culture in America has grown, exotic foods have made their way into mainstream diets. Quinoa, agave, and edible flowers are now found in most grocery stores as ordinary meals become more diverse.

It was only a matter of time before someone raised the ante to bug cuisine. I blame The Lion King.

On May 13, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization published a news report that advocates for entomophagy, or the practice of eating insects. Predictably, the concept confused many people, and disgusted even more. But strong evidence supports this recommendation.  U.N. officials predict that increased entomophagy will promote human health, create jobs, and improve the environment. However, will this reasoning be enough to convince the Western world to trade steak for crickets? Continue reading

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Film & Sustainability: The Hunger Games


the-hunger-gamesLast spring The Hunger Games set off a new wave of fantasy movie buzz with it’s tidal wave of popularity and financial success. The second film installment, Catching Fire, is sure to be even bigger when it premiers Nov. 22, 1013.

This post will look at the film The Hunger Games as well as the book trilogy which birthed the movie series. So, be warned, mild spoilers lie ahead.

To start, I love the series’ social commentary on starvation, poverty, and oppression. Though other films and books have tried to discuss the same issues, not many have found that incredible balance of subtle-but-powerful that Suzanne Collins created. The Humer Games’ fictional pseudo-kingdom of Panem, a dystopian North America that doesn’t shy away from violence, mirrors problems of the real world in an accessible way only fantasy can project. Continue reading