Growing Strength to Grow Food

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“Instead of foreigners sending us food, they should give us the chance to do our own agriculture so it can survive.” So said Rony Charles, a rice grower and member of the Agricultural Producer Cooperative of Verrettes, in Haiti.Giving domestic agriculture the chance to survive would address four critical needs: 1. Creating employment for the […]















Market Offers Wealth of Tradition—and Veggies—for Immigrant Farmers

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Markets like Crossroads support immigrant farmers by connecting them with other immigrants, making it easy to exchange knowledge, and helping them find a way to return to their agrarian roots. The Crossroads farmers’ market is known statewide for being the first farmers market in Maryland to electronically accept various types of nutrition benefit programs: food stamps, known […]















The Truth About Captain Phillips

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I remember when the events on which the movie Captain Phillips is based happened. Reality, as usual, is more complicated and interesting than Hollywood cares or is able to portray. Somalian Hip-Hop artist K’Naan, one of my favorites, is quoted in this article (and a video interview included) explaining the causes of piracy in Somalia: […]















Buy Nothing New Month

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Buy Nothing New Month is a campaign to get people thinking differently about consumption and the lifespan of stuff. Its an idea that started in Melbourne Australia and is spreading to the Netherlands and USA. In this interview founder Tamara Dimattina explains what motivated her to start the project and how we can maximise the life of stuff by […]















All Things New

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This is a sermon I preached at Texas Lutheran University on September 16, 2013.  Let me begin with a confession. I am in love with big ideas. I am tempted to make the footnotes of this sermon longer than the sermon itself. There’s nothing wrong with big ideas, unless they become idols. That is often […]















The people are hungry

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  The rising price of food isn’t the only thing driving the revolutionary fervor from Tunisia to Turkey to Brazil. The bad economy was surely a principal factor (remember that Adel Khazri shouted “This is Tunisia, this is unemployment,” as he burned). There was the effect of new social media technology. And then there was that tyranny thing that people […]