Gene Yale, living in a Chicago suburb, has 170+ apple trees in his yard. And six high-bush blueberries! By growing tiny little trees – grafted and managed like Bonsai – Gene has a yard full of 3-foot apple treas that bear full size fruit.
Read more: Chicago’s Johnny Appleseed – Gene Yale
Just glance at the magazine shelves or the menu of your favorite restaurant and you will see that Americans are eating more fish than ever before, from sushi to ceveche to the classic tuna sandwich. Fish are healthy, fashionable, increasingly expensive, and consumed with a clearer conscience than meat. But can this continue? As journalist Charles Clover shows in his global exploration of the destruction caused by overfishing, we have inflicted a crisis on the oceans in a single human lifetime greater than any yet caused by pollution. High-tech fishermen are trashing whole ecosystems, wrecking economies, and impoverishing the lives of people in poor countries – all to put fish on our plates.
Read more: The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat by Charles Clover
One of the most visible consequences of our society’s breakneck level of production and consumption is the increasing amount of land designated as landfill and other waste disposal and processing sites. Often located in marginal areas or adjacent to politically and economically dispossessed communities, these places are usually ignored by mainstream society, as is the garbage that fills them. Even with the greater awareness of the problems of waste disposal inspired by recycling programs and anti-littering ads, we would much rather take the garbage out than think about where its going.
Read more: Designing America’s Waste Landscapes by Mira Engler