- 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."
- Detroit, MSU partnering on global food system innovation
"I'm pleased that MSU has chosen Detroit as a partner from an innovation standpoint," says Bing. "MSU is trying to help us utilize the resources we have to feed Detroiters and Michiganders, and to export food around the globe."
- USDA Conservation Financial Assistance Available for SE Michigan Farmers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making conservation financial assistance available to farmers in southeast Michigan as part of an effort to improve water quality in Lake Erie. Farmers have until April 27, 2012 to apply for the assistance at their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
- Wine that not only pleases the palate, but boosts Michiganís economy
Viticulturist Robin Usborne offers techniques for growing robust wine-ready grapes and picking out the right Michigan wine to pair with holiday meals.
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.