Local Food Event: Farmplicity Launch Party

By: Melissa A. Vatterott, Food and Farm Coordinator On August 3rd, Food and Farm Coordinator Melissa Vatterott and summer 2015 intern Divya Babbula visited Sunfarm Food Service Inc. to learn about their launch of the new Farmplicity, a website where institutional buyers, such as restaurants, can search for and then order available farm products. According to the…

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In Defense of Food: Michael Pollan’s Manifesto Onscreen

By Caitlin Zera                      January 5, 2016 You may have read the book, but have you seen the movie? Last week, Michael Pollan’s “eaters’ manifesto” In Defense of Food came to the small screen and premiered as a television documentary film on PBS stations across the country. In Defense of Food Directed by Michael Schwarz Runtime: 1 hr…

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Mississippi River Report Card fails to Grade what matters

// An abridged version of this article was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on December 30, 2015. By: Brad Walker – Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Caroline Pufalt – Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club and Christine Favilla – Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club November 23, 2015 The American Watershed Initiative’s (AWI) recent…

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History of Flooding at the Confluences

View our Flood Timeline Page for a history of flood-related events. In early January 2016, devastating flooding occurred within Missouri on several rivers. Flood height reached record levels on the Mississippi at Cape Girardeau, MO and Thebes, IL and at other locations near records were recorded. The flood closed highways, destroyed homes, and took at least 20…

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A Book and Movie Pairing For the New Year

By Caitlin Zera                      January 1, 2016 There is little use for the calendar year outside of the human need to keep time. The ringing in of a New Year on December 31st means nothing to the Great Horned Owl or the Hellbender. The great rhythms of the Earth fall in line with the turning of…

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Do we need nature? A fragile response.

// By Brad Walker                     March, 2005 Note: This essay was written while I was working on a graduate degree a decade ago. The assignment was to determine whether I thought we needed nature. I hope it will be an interesting change from the rather intense articles that I typically write and does break the…

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