The following program is from a panel discussion that took
place at the day long conference titled “Planting Prosperity and Harvesting
Health:Trade-offs and Sustainability
in Our Regional Food System.”
The April conference focused on
the recently released draft report from the Institute of Portland Metropolitan
Studies, which assesses food system sustainability trends in the region.
Host Scott Forrester's topic today is Public Utilities, why we need them and how to get them. Guests Steve Johnson, Executive Director for the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (wpuda.org) and Joe Nipper, Senior VIce President for the American Public Power Association (appanet.org) encourage us to get our act together in Oregon and fight hard for a Public Utility District.
Host Joe Uris brings a variety of topics to the table today, including the controversial LNG Terminals in Oregon, the Presidential Race, and the Columbia River Crossing. Our conservative friend James is declared KBOO's official Rush [Limbaugh] Reporter, inspiring some listener comments on the place of inflammatory Hate Speech and death threats on the public air waves.
Building on the work of visionPDX, the Portland Plan
is a citywide effort to guide the physical, economic, social, cultural
and environmental development of Portland over the next 30 years. City Repair, among many projects,
seeks to activate people to be part of the communities around them, as
well as part of the decision-making that shapes the future of their
This program includes a Movie Mole review of "Iron Man," a commentary on Racism in the Presidential campaign, a first-person report on May Day in Havana, music and the history of the Buena Vista Social Club, and a discussion of the crisis in food prices. Clayton Morgareidge hosts.
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What are the underlying reasons for the upsurge in food prices around the world? What can be done about it? The Executive Director of Food First, Eric Holt-Gimenez, lays it out for us in this conversation with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick. Holt-Gimenez is also the author ofCampesino a Campesino: Voices from Latin America’s Farmer to Farmer Movement for Sustainable Agriculture, published by Food First.
For over 20 years, the Seeds of Peace Collective has fed hundreds of thousands of activists from Seattle's WTO to the Ninth Ward in New Orleans to Washington D.C.. Martha Odom interviews Michael Bowersox a/k/a Grumbles about Seeds, from the beginning to plans for this year's RNC. Hear what it takes to serve lunch for 6000 people.
The Well-read Red (Clayton Morgareidge) reads from an article by Randhir Singh called "The Future of Socialism." Singh argues that Capitalism has not only failed to provide for human welfare, but is on the road to destruction, taking us all down with it. Socialism must be on our agenda if we are to have hope of surviving. Singh's article in full is at mrzine.