Unique Maine Farms

Unique Maine Farms is a volunteer project dedicated to the depiction and promotion of all types of agricultural pursuits throughout the state of Maine. This website, a 296-page book, a traveling photo exhibit, a slideshow and discussion program, and an interactive farm-related puppet show are the components of the educational outreach program of Unique Maine Farms.

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The FoodPorn Channel Intro

Published on Jun 24, 2012

Coming Soon! A lot of FoodPorn for your eyes…
Food porn is a glamourised spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, cooking shows or other visual media,foods boasting a high fat and calorie content exotic dishes that arouse a desire to eat or the glorification of food as a substitute for sex Food porn often takes the form of food photography and styling that presents food provocatively, in a similar way to glamour photography or pornographic photography.

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Join the Fight! A message from Bill McKibben

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Published on Mar 15, 2012

Bill McKibben shares a message with the 350 community about what we’ve done so far, and the plan for the months ahead. Our next big fight: taking on the billions in subsidies that the fossil fuel industry makes.

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Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System: Raj Patel

“For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis, or understand the links between U.S. farm policy and the ability of the world’s poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable.”
—Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are also more people who are overweight.

To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network. It took him from the colossal supermarkets of California to India’s wrecked paddy-fields and Africa’s bankrupt coffee farms, while along the way he ate genetically engineered soy beans and dodged flying objects in the protestor-packed streets of South Korea.

What he found was shocking, from the false choices given us by supermarkets to a global epidemic of farmer suicides, and real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa.

Yet he also found great cause for hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable and joyful food system. Going beyond ethical consumerism, Patel explains, from seed to store to plate, the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of both farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance.

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State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?: The Worldwatch Institute

Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets—but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best prepare for the coming ecological decline?

In the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. In State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations. If these approaches fall short, the final chapters explore ways to prepare for drastic environmental change and resource depletion, such as strengthening democracy and societal resilience, protecting cultural heritage, and dealing with increased conflict and migration flows.

State of the World 2013 cuts through the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, offering a broad and realistic look at how close we are to fulfilling it today and which practices and policies will steer us in the right direction. This book will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, and students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economics.

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BBC News – “Embrace the arts,” engineers told

21 November 2014 Last updated at 07:00 ET By Judith Burns Education reporter, BBC News

Embracing the arts can help with new products, says Sir John O’Reilly
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Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Engineers should embrace the arts, Sir John O’Reilly, a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, argued in a lecture.

About 59% of engineering companies in the IET’s 2014 survey feared skill shortages could threaten business.

“There is nothing as creative as engineering,” Sir John told BBC News.

He says science, technology, engineering and mathematics – often known as “Stem” subjects, are vital for a modern knowledge economy.

But there is a massive shortfall in the number of recruits – with a recent study by the Royal Academy of Engineering saying the UK needs to increase by as much as 50% the number of Stem graduates it produces.

Competitiveness

Delivering this year’s Mountbatten Lecture at the Royal Institution, Sir John argued that engineers should recognise the role of the arts in their work – among other benefits, this could attract more people into the profession.

The lecture, Full Steam Ahead for Growth, advocated adoption of a wider acronym – Steam, or science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.

Engineers should embrace the arts as being key to creativity and an important component of innovation, crucial to creating new products and boosting future competitiveness, he argued.

“Engineering and technology is an increasingly diverse and creative domain,” said Sir John.

Some university engineering departments already collaborated with art schools to develop understanding, he told BBC News.

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BBC News – Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

20 November 2014 Last updated at 07:39 ET

One UK minister said rich nations must help developing nations struggling with the effects of climate change
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Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

The Green Climate Fund was to have held at least $10bn by the end of 2014, so the pledge is just shy of the target.

The South Korea-based fund aims to help nations invest in clean energy and green technology.

It is also designed to help them build up defences against rising seas and worsening storms, floods and droughts.

Rich nations previously vowed that by 2020, developing countries would get $100bn (£64bn) a year from such a fund.

The US had already pledged $3bn and Japan $1.5bn. The UK, Germany and France have promised about $1bn each, and Sweden more than $500m million.

Smaller amounts were offered by countries including Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Mexico, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.

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