- Remarkable Success of MSU Extension's Master Gardener Program Underscores Power of Empowerment
MSU Extension initiated the program in Michigan in 1978 and, according to the Master Gardener website, there are now over 23,000 certified volunteers in 72 counties.
- Michigan Milk Producers conserve water with new innovations, practices
At the MMPA Ovid Plant, raw milk is condensed through an evaporation process that yields an average of 130 million net gallons of water annually, which adds up to more than 400 million gallons in the last three years.
- Agricultural Leaders of Michigan launch new Ag Report
"We're excited to launch our brand new Ag Report to discuss issues that have a dramatic impact on agriculture and to discuss ideas for continuing to grow this vital sector of Michigan's economy."
- Agricultural Leaders of Michigan: Promoting Michigan agriculture's power and potential
"The things that we focus on tend to be pretty big picture," she says. "Trade is a big issue for them." Statewide infrastructure is a main focus of ALM, Byrum says, including broad topics such as roads, bridges, railroads, ports and waterways.
- MSU and Detroit plant seed for urban food system innovation
Detroit, a postindustrial city, has its weaknesses including abandoned properties and liability issues, but Foster is hopeful. "Detroit is a very unique city," he says. "We could actually be a global thought leader for cities around the world."
Kirk Heinze: Shared moral imperative should guide our green activity
- Michael Nelson talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
In recent years, there have been a plethora of “green” books flooding the market and, frankly, most of them are uninspired. That is not the case with Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (Trinity University Press, 2010), co-edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson. I found the book compelling for two reasons: 1) its philosophical orientation and 2) the manner in which the book is structured. Both authors are philosophers, Moore at Oregon State University and Nelson at Michigan State University, and their elegantly stated vision of a sustainable planet is one which is “as rich in life and possibility as the world we live in.” For this to happen, they contend, there must be a commonly shared moral imperative that provides the core impetus for the ethical or “right” green activity. And it is the serious and sustained discussion of just what constitutes this moral imperative that has been lacking in all the green discourse, they argue.
The book includes over 80 short essays from an impressive array of contributors—essays that speak directly to the ethical dimensions of global sustainability. Contributors include Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, Barack Obama, The Dalai Lama, Thomas Friedman and Wendell Berry. I found the vast majority of the essays thought-provoking, and many were even inspiring. Just reading one or two essays a day left me with an on-going sense of engagement in perhaps the most important single issue of our time.
For more on the book, you can listen to my recent Greening of the Great Lakes interview with Dr. Nelson by clicking the arrow above. And please join me every Friday evening at 7 for Greening of the Great Lakes on News/Talk 760 WJR.