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  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Andy Opperman's avatar
    Andy Opperman 4/24/2019 8:42 PM
    Drawdown is an earth-friendly methodology that leads to reduced food waste, results in carbon sequestration having a beneficial effect against climate change, and encourages good stewardship of agricultural lands. 
    The most interesting fact I learned is the significant impact that a plant-rich diet, including reduced consumption of meat, will have on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

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    Carey Compton 4/24/2019 5:23 PM
    I have planted 10 more little seedlings in my backyard.  Hope the rain establishes them well this spring. :-)
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

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    Andy Opperman 4/23/2019 7:21 PM
    Carbon sequestration, therefore creating a benefit against (i.e. reversing)  climate change; rebuilding soil organic matter; increasing soil biodiversity; a holistic approach leading to healthy soil.

  • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
    Louisa Lubiak 4/23/2019 11:18 AM
    My sister-in-law sent me a ham, which I served for Easter dinner, and there's a lot left over. It was already frozen, so I don't want to refreeze it. Finishing it off this week is throwing-off my Daily Challenge to eat a meat-free meal. At least I'm not wasting food by leaving it in the fridge and forgetting about it!

  • Amanda  LeBon's avatar
    Amanda LeBon 4/23/2019 7:25 AM
    Is there any carpooling for people living in Mercer Co. ?

    • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
      Louisa Lubiak 4/23/2019 11:23 AM
      Check-out the Ridesharing options on the Green Commuting webpage on DEPNet.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Andy Opperman 4/23/2019 12:00 AM
    I had not heard of the term "silvopasture" before.  I believe that the biggest advantage of silvopasture is that the animals graze in harmony with their pasture lands while keeping forests available for timber harvest as well.  This appears to be excellent animal and forest husbandry at the same time.  And the animals (cows, sheep, goats, etc.) are free grazers rather than penned up production animals.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Andy Opperman 4/22/2019 11:00 PM
    I usually look and/or listen for signs of wildlife, especially birds.  I enjoy getting the two dogs out for strolls and enjoy watching them sniffing and checking out their world of sight and smell.  As for infrastructure, our immediate area is pretty good with respect to making walks enjoyable or possible.  There are state, county, municipal and not-for-profit lands with nice trails and adequate parking to choose from.

  • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
    Louisa Lubiak 4/20/2019 1:58 PM
    I live about 4 miles from work. I could commute by walking or bicycling but I don't feel safe walking thru Trenton. I am also in my late 50's, and although I'm active and healthy, I am fatigued at the end of a work day. I need to replace my aging car this year and am looking into buying a hybrid vehicle. My short commute is perfect for an electric vehicle, but I need to be able to drive longer distances too.

    • Addy Davidson's avatar
      Addy Davidson 4/20/2019 2:32 PM
      Louisa, I would recommend a Volt.  Ours do 60 miles or so on electric only, and then we switch over to gas for the longer trips.  We cut our $300/month gas bill down to less than $40.  (You probably don't drive as much as we do -- we use them for business).  But the Volt is a wonderful compromise, with lots of electric only, but still full-gas range.  We took a trip up the coast in it last year.  Charged up at our hotels, but confidently drove 200 miles on gas when we needed to.  Chevy didn't sell these well (didn't advertise, the dodos!) so there are lots of 3 year old Volts coming available on the used market, because they were leases.  Just an idea!  (our Volts are now about 3 years old, and no problems at all for us.)

  • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
    Louisa Lubiak 4/18/2019 4:39 PM
    I believe that just getting the developed world to go veg is only part of the solution to ecological sustainability; growing crops on an industrial scale is environmentally disruptive and too petrochemical dependent. There needs to be a reduction in the global human population or we will eat ourselves out of house-and-home. Unfortunately, economic advancement under the current capitalist system requires a steadily growing population of laborers and consumers.

  • Louisa Lubiak's avatar
    Louisa Lubiak 4/18/2019 4:24 PM
    Hoo boy! I just researched how my upscale diet contributes to tropical deforestation. Yes, I eat beef, but I am cutting way back on it in my diet. I don't use palm oil anymore, and even coconut products are not guilt -free. Tea, coffee, almonds, pistachios, cashews, quinoa, you name it - it seems that whatever I eat causes environmental problems somewhere due to industrial farming practices and the voracious appetite of the global market economy. I think I'll go eat some plastic now :-(