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October 3 - October 24, 2018

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  • Lucas Raab's avatar
    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:43 PM
    Go Interface! Way to get them points!
  • Reflection Question
    Water Ditch the Lawn
    What is the main water source in your region?

    Lucas Raab's avatar
    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:13 PM
    This challenge stemmed mostly from laziness and not wanting to water/cut grass.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

    Lucas Raab's avatar
    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:10 PM
    Farmer markets are great, this was an easy challenge that I choose to complete most Saturdays. 
  • Reflection Question
    Nature Forage for My Food
    Amongst the motivations for foraging are: a source of food; means of income; connecting with nature; cultural tradition; or transmitting "local ecological knowledge, and a means for stewarding local and native plant populations" (McLain et al. 2012, 13). Which of these would be your chief motivation and why?

    Lucas Raab's avatar
    Lucas Raab 10/24/2018 3:07 PM
    This was a pretty interesting challenge. It involved me going out to Mt Hood national forest for a weekend with some friends. Mostly berries and fish were foraged for dinner that night.
  • Reflection Question
    Health Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

    Cody Bargholz's avatar
    Cody Bargholz 10/24/2018 1:21 PM
    Historical water pollution, forest fires and radon are tops. Water pollution from factories and mills, most of which are closed down, introduced so much lead into the water table that it is going to take a long time for the rivers to clear up. Yearly major forest fires negatively affect air quality and radon is giving people with inadequate home ventilation cancer.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Buy From a Farmers Market
    What is one food choice that you make, or could make, that would do more good and less harm?

    Cody Bargholz's avatar
    Cody Bargholz 10/24/2018 1:14 PM
    I think starting back on eating fruits and vegetables from an all meat diet.
  • Reflection Question
    Community Support Native Communities
    Indigenous speaker and activist Winona LaDuke says that, "most indigenous ceremonies, if you look to their essence, are about the restoration of balance — they are a reaffirmation of our relationship to creation. That is our intent: to restore, and then to retain balance and honor our part in creation." Why is balance important to sustainability?

    Rebecca Bowen's avatar
    Rebecca Bowen 10/24/2018 10:10 AM
    Balance is important to sustainability because without it, you simply can't be sustainable. For example, over-fishing leads to less fish/less food- and that in and of itself is not sustainable. Sustainability isn't about not using things or eating certain foods. It's about doing it in a mindful manner that you're not completely eradicating one food source. That means less available food for people, but also means harm to the environment.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Watch a Documentary about Food Sovereignty
    How does food sovereignty address the complex agrarian transition to modern food systems?

    Rebecca Bowen's avatar
    Rebecca Bowen 10/24/2018 10:09 AM
    Food sovereignty is giving the people who produce and distribute (and those that consume) should have more control over policies and how food is produced and sent out, rather than corporations. Also that people should have healthy food easily accessible to them by both location and price. Back in the day, we grew our own food, or we bought from local farmers. There was not a lot of middle-men (if anything, a local shop but not huge corporations). So it was easier to get the healthy foods that people needed. When corporations came into it, there was a lot of added processes, many of which were not very beneficial or helpful to the consumer. I think if there was more food sovereignty, it would take some power back from the corporations and put it back into the hands of the people (growers, purchasers) who are at the ground level when it comes to food. It would likely make food healthier, cleaner and easier for everyone to access. 




  • Reflection Question
    Food Meet My Local Farmers
    When you know who produces your food, you are connecting personally to your complex regional food system. What are the advantages of knowing who produces your food and where it comes from? Do you think this might enable someone to advocate for a better quality of life for those who produce their food, both near and far?

    Hilary Jones's avatar
    Hilary Jones 10/24/2018 9:41 AM
    Knowing who produces your food and where it comes from definitely sheds more light on the quality and freshness of the food. I think it also can evoke a deeper sense of gratitude towards food and the producer, which in turn would motivate the consumer to advocate for better quality of life for producers. 
  • Reflection Question
    Transportation Use Public Transit
    The US spends roughly 20% of its federal budget on defense. In contrast, 2% goes to education, 20% goes to social security and 3% goes to transportation infrastructure. Do these numbers surprise you at all? Why or why not?

    Kara Kindt's avatar
    Kara Kindt 10/24/2018 9:40 AM
    While these numbers don't necessarily surprise me, I do think that the US could allocate their funds in a way that better supports the public.