Category Archives: Social Consciousness

Another Reason to Eat Locally-Sourced Foods

Linked below is quite a disturbing report covering how massive quinoa production has decimated portions of South America. We sometimes have quinoa in our house (I’m one of those who loves their little curls and flavor,) but not often. It won’t be difficult for us to eliminate this choice morsel from our diet, but I know many whole foodies who rely heavily on this amazing grain.

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Image from The Kitchn – http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cook-quinoa-63344

I suppose the question becomes, do those of us who eat a lot of quinoa care enough about people so many thousands of miles away to stop buying it?

Finding healthy, sustainable food continues to be a challenge, unless we follow a fairly strict rule: Eating locally. That unto itself causes a dilemma for people in areas which are not able to produce much food for itself.

What do we, as concerned citizens of the world, do?

I suppose, though, the question really is, “what do we, as concerned, compassionate, yet SPOILED citizens of the world do? Indeed, what are we willing to give up so others may simply survive? So our global environment may carry on, un-obliterated?”

Are you willing to give up quinoa? Soy? Coffee? Tea? Mass-produced beef?

I’m going to link two articles here: The second one, I’ve linked previously on Facebook, but it bears repeating. It is deeply disturbing, but so important.

The Unpalatable Truth About Quinoa

The Animal Lover’s Dilemma

I would love to hear any thoughts you may have about either article.

Finding Meaningfulness in Work

Last week, I spoke with the lovely and talented Chaya of Pantry Paratus over Skype. While she was ostensibly interviewing me for a Pantry Paratus Radio podcast, it was more like a nice conversation with a good friend. We talked about everything from raw milk to website hosting to balancing homesteading with full-time work and all of life’s trials.

One of the not-too-secret secrets I have is that I hate computers. I really do.

It didn’t start out that way, of course. I found myself working in the Information Technology business in the early nineties almost by accident. I hired in as a part-time computer lab assistant at the University of Michigan, worked my way up the ranks, and before I knew it… I had A Career. Geekiness does run in my family; my dad is a computer geek, and his father was an engineer. I come by it honestly.

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Solar Leasing

Today, a blog post on our sister site, Homestead Geek, features Erin’s frustration with the lack of a solar leasing program here in Michigan.

We share in her frustration, and encourage our readers to sign the petition at change.org requesting Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, to eliminate the 6% sales tax on renewable energy installations, and to share it with your sustainability-oriented contacts.

 

Farmers v. Monsanto

 

We have been following the Farmers v. Monsanto issue close and were heartened to see this in our inbox yesterday from fooddemocracynow.org:

“On January 31, 2012, 55 farmers and plaintiffs traveled to Manhattan to hear oral
arguments regarding Monsanto’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers
and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs. Monsanto.

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Charitable Giving Program

Black Chicken Host is committed to conservation and sustainability. Because we want to protect the environment and be good stewards, we have established a charitable giving program.

We donate a portion of the income we receive from our customers to reputable conservation groups. In addition to donating to the groups below, we would like to hear from you:  What conservation- or sustainability-oriented non-profits do you support?

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Watch FRESH online for FREE – 1 week only!

The makers of the movie “FRESH” sent us this email today, and we wanted to share the opportunity with you!

“Here at FRESH, we’re always looking for ways to build the good food movement and reach a tipping point where sustainable food is the rule, not the exception. So, we’d like to continue spreading the word with an exciting new initiative:FRESH is available for viewing online for FREE! For a limited time (we do need to pay our bills after all), you can access the full-length film from your desktop. The movie will be available for one week, from Thursday, January 26th through Wednesday, February 1st, so don’t wait to watch! To access the movie, simply click below.

http://action.freshthemovie.com/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6608

We hope that you will take the opportunity to enjoy the film and share it far and wide, with your friends, family, coworkers, school, baking club, gardening circle and more. After accessing the movie online, you’ll  receive an exclusive link to purchase a FRESH DVD for home use for just $14.99, 50% off our regular price! Consider supporting FRESH and our work by buying or gifting a copy to someone you care about.”

Our founder purchased this film when it first became available on DVD for in-home viewing, and she’s very excited they’re allowing free viewings for a week.

 

Black Chicken Host Opposes SOPA/PIPA

Normally, we avoid talking of politics at Black Chicken Host. However, this is so important we feel we need to speak up.

Various internet sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit, BoingBoing, Icrontic and thousands of others are going dark tomorrow to protest the Congressional bills known as SOPA and PIPA. WordPress has also decided to take a stand, and as many of our customers use WP, we thought we’d share their page about these acts with you.

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