It’s been about 3 months since I moved from Fallbrook, California -1,700 people per square mile – to Washington, DC – 10,000 people per square mile.  Yes, it’s been an adjustment.  No avocados, citrus trees or cowboy hats.  Lots of suits, briefcases and people walking. No coyotes or quail; lotsContinue Reading

I’ve just started a new job at the Environment and Enterprise Institute at the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC. Am feeling optimistic and idealistic. You can contact me at: Teresa Platt Director, Environment and Enterprise Institute The National Center for Public Policy Research www.nationalcenter.org 501 Capitol Court, NE,Continue Reading

The first presidential debate of 2012, on October 3, offered up two very different views on the role of government in people’s lives. While the debate was fascinating to watch, I recall similar views  expressed by President Obama and Governor Romney in speeches they each gave in New York CityContinue Reading

The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva is championing serious changes in the business model currently embraced by the conservation movement, what many call the “conflict industry.” Kareiva’s thought-provoking essay says a lot of what most people involved in resources have known for many years: conflict fundraising, “I have aContinue Reading

Faith in something beyond death and decay is truly the ultimate in virtual reality. And this virtual reality production of the Sistine Chapel is overwhelmingly beautiful. The man we know as Michelangelo is credited with creating the Sistine Chapel but other artists contributed frescoes, the amazing tile floor, the draperies,Continue Reading

People have been asking me what I’ve been doing with “all my time” between employment contracts, in my ’tween time. I’ve been told many times I’m a self-starter, no carrot needed. I think it must be true since it’s amazing how busy I’ve been in the ’tween time.   I’ve doneContinue Reading

Food security is actually a great topic for a discussion on Thanksgiving weekend. After all, Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating abundance in food and thanking God for the productivity of the Earth. Charlie Arnot has done a great presentation on food security and the challenge of producing food andContinue Reading

[note: links to references.html need to be replaced] Change truly is the only constant in our lives. And changes are happening to the US mink farmers’ trade association, Fur Commission USA. I will no longer be working for the US mink farmers because FCUSA’s Board has restructured the organization, reducingContinue Reading

You have a dog, a cat, a goldfish and a gerbil in your home. Your kids love ’em, as do you. But one day, while you’re busy elsewhere, your gardener is filmed kicking your dog. The footage is used in his prosecution. He’s found guilty and fined. You fire himContinue Reading

While most states don’t charge sales tax on food, some do and some are trying to do so.  But everyone knows that government takes money from its citizens, taxes, which it transforms into agricultural subsidies, the bulk of which go to the largest farms. Very little benefits the mid toContinue Reading