The Kalundborg Symbiosis at Ensia

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I’m happy to report that I’ve got a new article at Ensia, the magazine and website of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.  Denmark’s Near-Zero-Waste Wonder is about the longstanding and ongoing successes at Kalundborg, the site of one of the world’s best examples of industrial ecology. Continue reading


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Monoculture

By monoculture, I don’t just mean the production of one crop over vast quantities of land, with all the resultant havoc that that plays on the soil, water, native flora and fauna, and, to be perfectly clear, on the climate system, but I also mean the monomania that is incarnate in Big Ag.  Monomania is a serious disorder, characterized by, according to my dictionary, “excessive concentration on a single object or idea.”  In the case of  much of American farming, that single object is the production of as much corn as possible at the greatest possible return on investment.  The monomania of corn production utterly disregards economic, environmental and social concerns.  The word itself is, to be sure, old-fashioned, but it is nevertheless manifest in how modern society goes about the business of growing our food, feed and, most wastefully of all, our fuel. Continue reading


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