May 23, 2008

Best article I’ve read this month: Michael Pollan, Sunday NY Times.

Michael Pollan quoting >Wendell Berry in a recent NY Times article: “Once our personal connection to what is wrong becomes clear, then we have to choose: we can go on as before, recognizing our dishonesty and living with it the best we can, or we can begin the effort to change the way we think and live.”

There’s hundreds of reasons to ignore the consequences our everyday actions have on the planet (I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the Styrofoam from the Chinese take-out I ate last night). But what’s the point of living if I have to tune out to 90% of what’s going on? According to Michael Pollan, taking responsibility for my actions will actually improve my own quality of life—make me connect with my neighbors, appreciate the community where I live, even improve the taste of my food and the beauty of my surroundings. In honor of that, I’ve decided to plant tomatoes in the patchy, dusty backyard of my apartment building.

Read the full article here.

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