Sunday, January 17, 2010
In the dumpster?
In Durham, North Carolina we are lucky to have a reasonably competent local paper, the Independent. We are even more blessed to have a wonderfully vibrant and activist population. The Independent this week noted one such Durham citizen's efforts. Jonathan Bloom is writing a book about the food wasted in America.
His website, like the Clarion Content, is a conscious call to action. Bloom notes that "Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food we produce for consumption." This feels like something we must have already known in our collective guts, but it is horrifying nonetheless. Bloom goes on to tell us that this "comes at an annual cost of more than $100 billion. At the same time, food prices and the number of Americans without enough to eat continues to rise." Worse a recent study found that America's food waste is bigger than ever, "US per capita food waste has progressively increased by ~50% since 1974...Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption and ~300 million barrels of oil per year."
Durhamanian Bloom is working on an important issue. Check him out here at wastedfood.com. And keep an eye out for his book. In the meantime check out this practical advice link that we encountered on his site, "10 Tips to Reduce Food Waste in 2010."
Out of your last 100 posts, what percentage have been any sort of real call to action?
Cold. Icy cold. The Clarion Content's goal is to follow the path blazed by among others, "Poor Richard's Almanac." We would like to weave our political call to action into a journal that offers politics, cultural observations and practical advice.
We fear if we were to only write about politics, it would be too hopelessly dull to interest folks. Plus, we firmly believe that the sharing of good practical ideas is an essential element of real community building.
We hope several of our most recent posts on the main page inspire if not action, at least awareness, and stimulate discussion. Two of our most recent posts are on the topic of racial relations in America. Prior to that we featured a guest columnist on the health care bill, we wrote about the President's decision to send troops to Afghanistan, the difficulty of prosecuting the bankers who caused the economic collapse, and also hosted a pointed political cartoon.
And if you are really jones-ing to hear more of the Clarion Content's call to action, you can read the Politics section, where are latest articles feature our views on the inevitable failure of the Afghanistan campaign, the lack of investment in American infrastructure and the WHO's ridiculous overclaims about Swine Flu.
We will be updating the Clarion Content website soon to more prominently feature our mission statement and highlight links to service organization and opportunities. If you have other suggestions, we are always open to them.