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Re: “Dirt Farmers

Nice article on the composting and cover cropping practices by Chateau Montelena.

One thing jumped out at me though that is worthy of another article - that further work needs to be done to prevent food waste in the first place.

Second, when food waste or food scraps are generated we need to make sure that what is perfectly edible and nutritious gets to hungry people first and then to compost or energy generation. The work of groups like Food Shift or needs to be front and center in this effort.

Finally, businesses in the waste management sector need to transform their models from making money off waste to making money by preventing waste.

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on 02/25/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Drive On

Too bad KSRO is now a right-wing station. Can't listen to Steve Jaxon anymore because I won't support KSRO.

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Posted by LeftieOlMan on 02/18/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “What Ails the Whales

Very nice! I paddle a lot on Tomales and it seems that the Greys are pretty consistent. Friends and I have seen them between the mouth and Pelican Point, right near where you spotted yours. These are amazing animals and it's very cool to see them in the water.

Thanks for including the info on how to safely watch the whales (for us and them)! Best thing to do is just stop and enjoy the moment.

Posted by jgrim on 02/17/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “What Ails the Whales

Outstanding article - very well written!

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Posted by Buffalo Bill on 02/11/2015 at 7:58 PM

Re: “For Richer or for Poorer?

It's now 2015 and the debate continues. It would be helpful to have an article that discusses the many facets of the issue of Affordable Housing and Poverty. For example the county housing element failed to pass at the lower density because the county didn't do an EIR or a financial plan that made the sites they chose, at the lower density appear buildable to HCD. In the end the county had to zone at the higher density just to pass their HE.

On the other hand, Novato's HE passed with much community support because Novato planners worked closely with HCD on both environmental mitigations and financial feasibility. Judy Arnold declared Novato's HE a failure to protect the environment. The hypocrisy of Supervisor Arnold's comments makes it a struggle not to use harsh word. If not hypocrisy then ignorance because Novato's Housing Overlay and EIR accommodated CEQA review well beyond the county's HE.

I have met many people who questioned the manner in which the first recommendations for zoning for AH were chosen but none complained about color of skin or crutches or wheelchairs. "Some people don't want a whole lot of diversity in this county," she says. Judy Arnold says: "They want seniors if it's their mom or dad, but if it's someone else's mom or dad—well, if they're white, OK, but they don't want to see a lot of wheelchairs or crutches or black or brown people." Perhaps Ms. Arnold is speaking from her own undeclared biases but in my experience Novato is already a community of many colors and cultures and welcomes people with disabilities in the existing market rate and affordable housing that is spread throughout our community.

I can't speak for Fairfax or Corte Madera. I think each Marin community has to look at its own HE and its current census data to see if it is successful in welcoming people from all walks of life. I know Novato is the poorest community in Marin with the lowest per capita revenue of all cities in Marin and most in Sonoma. Yet, Novato has much of he county's AH and the better market rates of any city in Marin. Why then were Novato residents condemned for speaking out? Many spoke with respectful voices and yet only those that were the most angry were given the most attention. When housing advocates like SUNN levied angry criticisms they were not taken to task. Why the hypocrisy?

Why are all the accolades in this piece directed only at advocates? What about the community as a whole? Can't people question a process and in particular question their direct experience with AH complexes like Wyndover and receive the same respect for their views? Poverty exists throughout the United States. I have met many people who left the Bay Area before they lost homes or jobs because they recognized it was simply too expensive to live here. Why are people moving to Marin from outside the county when they are already struggling to get by? This is not an easy place to find housing or maintain a job.
Why aren't people who need affordable medical care using Kaiser so that their wellness and their medication is provided at a fixed cost? If they are already on Medicare due to age or a disability, Kaiser is the best plan you can find. Kaiser Advantage makes it possible to afford food as well as medicine.

I have great respect for the people providing help to seniors and the homeless and those living below the poverty level but I take offense at the comments that make this issue seem as if those who are living at the poverty level are the only ones that struggle. I work with many people who are holding onto their middle class lives by the short hairs because they also need reasonably priced housing, food, medical care, education and so on. Yet when these same people object to yet another high density housing project they are called ignorant, bigoted and confused.

There must be a middle ground where people with divergent views can discuss the economic impact of adding more housing to a community with a multimillion dollar structural deficit, declining sales tax revenue and increasing infrastructure costs. Whether you add affordable housing or market rate housing, you create a financial burden when you have a city like Novato that lacks a sufficient commercial base to support its residents. These are not issues of bigotry or bias. They are issues that must be examined as part of a plan to preserve Novato's ability to remain solvent.

Posted by CGB on 01/30/2015 at 8:02 PM

Re: “The Fighter

Check out Megan Farnham's 'Elite Fighter' video produced by for PHAS3. See it here:

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Posted by on 12/18/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Isolation Row

Torture. Sadistic, immature, bullies with badges and Tazers and guns, but no training to de-escalate situations, empathize, as with the responsive mentally-ill inmates deposited in jails and prisons in lieu of treatment and plans to mitigate problem behaviors prior to re-releasing the suffering back into society.

Honor, integrity, restraint, empathy, respect for humanity, civil liberties, life, are abundantly rare in law enforcement. Screening new applicants for law enforcement jobs ignores "character" and "ethics" and training could be summed up as "We, the Blue Badges, are brothers and sisters. It's us against the citizens. all shady criminals where our infidelities and vices are just products of the stress of a dangerous job. At all times, remember, back your fellow law enforcement officer, get your stories straight, lie and fudge if needed to justify anything and everything your eyes witnessed or your ears heard, sympathy and reflection are weakness. You are part of a team. A gang. Everyone up and down the chain including the District Attorney and FBI and Internal Affairs...has your back. You are better than the riff-raff which is why you have a badge and a gun and a license to kill. And your culture doesn't just disdain officers snitching on fellow officerrs, it resolutely demands lying to cover the lies of your colleagues. Best of all, you will be rewarded for lying, and never held accountable. When I grow up, I want to be in law enforcement. Now hand over your lunch money.

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Posted by hiredgun56 on 12/16/2014 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Great article, thank you. I wish my name was spelled correctly though..

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Posted by Tony Incontro on 11/24/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Great article Stett!!!

Thanks for the inside information it was a pleasure to read it and be a tiny part of that story.
I know Tim very well......

I live in the Netherlands and the 8 pregnant sows came to me from the Mangalica Farm in Hungary, (from Péter Tóth, President of the Hungarian Mangalica Breeder Organization) from all different bloodlines. They gave birth in my quarantine stable, and I cared for the 50 piglets during almost 3 months. The 18 best- 10 reds & 8 blonde were selected for the States and 8 of the reds went to Tim in California. He is one of the most dedicated breeders I know!!! Tim truly loves the breed and he is willing to sacrifice all that is needed to establish a healthy breeding base in America with Wilhelm Kohl of Pure Mangalitsa, Michigan.

Tim works closely with Pure Mangalitsa in Michigan, who arranged the first import of original Hungarian live-stock to the states. They are also the ones who did the first import of the blonde Mangalitsa from Austria in 2010.
Until the beginning of this year, (2014) it was not possible to get breeding stock from the Hungarian herd-book because the Mangalitsa is a protected breed in Hungary, so no breeding material was allowed to leave Hungary.

It took Wilhelm Kohl almost 2 years to build a stable relationship with the Hungarian Mangalica Breeder Organization before they agreed with the first export of Mangalica ever!! So what we see here is also a very important moment of Mangalitsa history, written in our days. Most people don't know this......but I guess it’s interesting for some..

The other 2 reds are in Michigan at the Mangalitsa-base farm, "Pure Mangalitsa," as well as the 6 blonde......2 of the blondes went to Atlanta to Justin King's Farm.

Pure Mangalitsa has a unique position in the US when it comes to the original Hungarian lines, they are the only ones that have the contracts for importing these "Royal Hungarian Mangalitsa’s” to the States. Why Royal? The Mangalitsa was in the beginning of the breed (1833) only bred for the Habsburg dynasty it's truly a pig for Royalty!

Greets from the Netherlands, Barbara Meyer zu Altenschildesche, „Mangalitza Breed“

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Posted by Mangalitza Breed on 11/23/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

nothing like stupid comments from people who know nothing about raising pigs..or nature for that matter....guess they'd rather have seen the breed go extinct. The reality is that you can't maintain the species without having a meat program since 1). pigs are very prolific, and 2). only the best genetics are bred. In nature, with predation, that's how hardy breeds are maintained. Without apex predtors, man assumes that role.

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Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 11/23/2014 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Completely disgusting..

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Posted by Lisa Soldavini on 11/20/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven


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Posted by Compassion on 11/19/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

Nicolette, I don't care if one eats meat or not, but after nearly 45 years of not eating meat I would never change. Raised 3 healthy children who as adults remain vegetarian.
Adequate protein and B12 were never a problem and done without meat, supplements or vitamins. Since discovering Macrobiotics I have never looked back. At 70 years old I remain healthy, active and drug free. Can the same be said for meat eaters?

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Posted by MrNatural on 11/12/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

A Well-Fed World specifically makes the connection about the harm caused by the "livestock" industry on global hunger and food security.

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Posted by Dawn L. Moncrief on 11/03/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

The premise that ecologists have followed is that animals cause soil degradation and desertification due to over grazing. Based on this premise, Savory (with the support of all the other ecologists in his country) made the tragic mistake of removing elephants from the landscape. Savory acknowledges this tragedy and that he'll take this mistake to his grave.

What happened though without the elephants is that desertification got a lot worse. What Savory learned is that the elephants and large grazers were and are essential in preventing desertification and that animals are an essential part of maintaining grassland ecosystems. 2/3 of the earth non-submerged area is grasslands.

In America, the near extermination of bison took those large ruminants out of the ecosystem. Abolitionist vegans now want to further degrade ecosystems by doing away with grass fed cattle and other livestock. But despite misinformed editorials claiming that Savory's methods don't work, the proof is in the implementation with over 40 milion acres on 5 continents utilziing holistic management methods producing results.

Here are two excellent videos showing the methods and benefits of proper management and soil sequestion. Anyone who dismisses what Savory has been accomplishing is simply blinded by his or her food religion and has not spoken with any ranchers using these methods

The Soil Solution to Climate Change -
Soil Carnon Cowboys -


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Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 10/27/2014 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

"This concept of cattle as agents of environmental remediation, and much of the intellectual underpinnings of Hahn Niman's analysis, is based on the work of Allan Savory."

Savory, responsible for the killing of 40,000 elephants because, he claimed, they were destroying the Savannah, now advocates the breeding of cattle to restore that same land, has never provided any reproducible data to back up his claims. His assertions are rebuked here: and here:

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Posted by Kamal S Prasad on 10/26/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

She actually argues that eating meat is not morally wrong, and that it can be part of a health diet along with being a positive towards our environment versus the projected view that all meat production is a negative impact on our environment. Are you willing to acknowledge that humans have been eating meat since evolution formed modern man, and that our ancestral roots also come from meat eaters? Is the hawk immoral? What about the cat, dog, snake, salmon, bear, raccoon, hummingbird, etc.? How do you feel about wind turbines, hybrid cars, trains, plant farming, etc. killing countless animals everyday? I understand the point you are trying to make, animals feel pain (agreed) and that should be respected (again, I agree). But you are living in a fantasy utopia where death is not part of how our world operates, some animals/plants die so others may live. Should we do everything possible to make sure animals who are being raised for food are treated with respect and raised as humanly as possible, I say emphatically yes. Should they be slaughtered (processed for the PC crowd) humanly, without a doubt. If the author chooses to raise animals humanly and in a sustainable fashion, makes sure they are slaughtered humanly but still chooses to be a vegetarian that is her choice, and should not be used as an argument for why you dismiss everything she states in her article as bullshit just because you have a different opinion, what happened to using science to form an opinion instead of letting emotions skew your take on facts.

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Posted by Fisch on 10/26/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Eat More Beef

....What? This entire article, her entire ARGUMENT is full of paradox after paradox. She doesn't eat meat, and she "feels too strongly" about animals to eat them, but she argues FOR EATING MEAT??????? Am I the only one that realizes this is all complete bullshit? If animals didn't have feelings, if it wasn't WRONG to kill animal, if it didn't cause them pain, why would she cry and weep for them? This is so ridiculous. This entire article is bullshit. I am so through with irrational justifications. I cannot wait until a meat-eater with decent arguments actually arrives and gives me something to think about.

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Posted by Nataya Foss on 10/26/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

The author's points are well taken; we've let agribusiness take us into a horrible realm where the livestock is basically tortured in the name of efficiency. And we already know the damage done by intensive industrial farming, the vegetables starved of nutrients, crops modified to absorb more pesticides, the Amazon cleared for soybean production...
So why not eat eggs and meat and fowl provided by small, preferably local producers - just as we try to do with produce, baked goods, etc?

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Posted by leslie 2 on 10/25/2014 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Eat More Beef

Nothing sensational at all, the author cites scientific reports to debunk all the myths that are being passed off as "science." maybe you should read the books as well its footnotes before making such ill informed comments. Besides any introductory environmental course that doesn't understand the carbon cycle, ecosystems and soil health really isn't a very good one. Diets that require a lot of transportation for out of season produce don't have small carbon foot prints.

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Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 10/24/2014 at 12:26 AM

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