Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday's Sunday Reading, July 31st

This week's round-up is slow in coming, but arrives nonetheless with the usual dose of mild wit, and one affirmative "Amen!"

And the "Amen!" goes to Richard Mabey's book Weeds: In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants in which the reviewer writes: "Mabey reminds us with wry and subtle humor of weeds' usefulness: they stabilize soil, curb water loss, provide shelter for other plants and repair landscapes shattered by landslides, flood, fire, development and artillery." While I might mulch against them, I don't abhor them entirely, either. Some are pretty and attract pollinators, some are edible, and some simply must be admired for their tenacity.

Adrian Higgins offers an overview of the thinking behind the laws of lawns and the recent spate of news stories about gardeners penalized for growing food on their front lawns.

Straw bale finds a home with some councils in the UK as they look for energy efficient options for their public housing builds, which gave me great pleasure. Impressed ever since talking with the Weymiller's about why they built Square One, I've got a soft spot for straw bale.

This grant series sponsored by Awesome Food looks like it will be chock full of opportunity and ideas for ways to improve America's food system.

And finally, this TEDxTokyo Talk from Junko Edahiro of Japan for Sustainability (JFS) on the changes she has witnessed in Japan's sustainability movement and specific examples of people and their work.

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