Community, Education, and Agriculture

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Eric Herm examines the vital relationship between humans and nature and how our modern agricultural system and in many of our business and political policies have strained this relationship. In Surviving Ourselves: The Evolution of Community, Education, and Agriculture in the 21st Century, Herm, a fourth-generation farmer, shares his own personal experiences, as well as the inspiring stories of others changing the way we farm.


Eric Herm

Comments [7]

Jf from Bk

Gmos cause cancer. Snack foods have arsenic and cause cancer. Couches cause cancer. Rice arsenic causes cancer. Diesel causes cancer. Shampoo and soap from america causes cancer and is banned in europe. Alcohol causes cancer and cannabis kills cancer cells. This is all part of the population controll. i agree with the 1% that there is a population problem. I just think this needs to be taken care of at the supply side like how pollution should be delt with. Not by poisoning people with lived and stories already in progress. I guess theres just too much money confiscating inheritences " curing" cancer with chemo whis has been proven to make cancer worse after the initial dip.

Dec. 05 2012 01:52 PM
Brenda Ryan from Ossining, New York

We are happy that Mr. Lopate shops at the McGolrick Park Farmers Market and we hope that he will shop at our indoor winter market on India Street in Greenpoint. We want to clarify that this market is run by our company, Down to Earth Markets, and not Greenmarkets. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with Mr. Lopate about the work we do and the markets we run. All of our markets are GMO free!

If Mr. Lopate would please clarify that the McGolrick Park Market is run by Down to Earth Markets we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you.

Dec. 05 2012 01:35 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I'm in favor of the precautionary principle: test chemical & genetic modifications before allowing them in crops rather than allowing their use until someone can show they were already harmed by them.

In answer to the idea that we can't avoid exposure to known or possibly harmful products, it's not just 100% vs. 0%. It's also a question of degree, & minimizing exposure by eating/wearing organic products is worthwhile.

Dec. 05 2012 01:31 PM

The Monsanto employees who run the FDA have determined that Monsanto's GMOs are harmless. The courts are required to defer to their expert judgments, if there is any reasonable basis for that judgement, particularly if they are lying well.
"Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied."
-- Otto Von Bismark

Dec. 05 2012 01:28 PM
Barrie from NY

What is the safety of cotton from China? (nearly all bed linens sold in the US appear to be made in China).

What is the safety of cotton from Italy, including for sheets and blankets?

What about the cotton products sold by places like Patagonia? and other vendores or companies that advertise as "organic cotton"

Dec. 05 2012 01:27 PM

While I am not in principle opposed to GMOs, as I do not believe anyone has demonstrated actual harm from their consumption, I am fairly certain that GMO foods are banned from the NYC Greenmarkets.

Dec. 05 2012 01:24 PM
Barrie from NY

Is there any place on earth where cotton is not contaminated in these ways? regarding clothing, sheets, anything next to our skin that is cotton? organic cotton? Cotton from which countries might be uncontaminated?

Thank you.

Dec. 05 2012 01:15 PM

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