Author Archives: CGFI

LOCOVORE’S DILEMMA: A DIFFERENT VIEW ON BUYING LOCALLY, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

A Canadian couple of my acquaintance has just published a book provocatively titled The Locovore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet. A new review in Publisher’s Weekly calls it a “daring, bare-knuckled, frequently sarcastic defense of the status … Continue reading

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BJORN LOMBORG ADOPTS HIGH-YIELD FARMING, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus have just joined one of the smallest clubs in today’s world: people who believe that high-yield farming is the path to a sustainable future for people and wildlife despite, and even because of, its … Continue reading

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IS IT OIL SPECULATORS? BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and pledged to prosecute “oil speculators.” Bill O’Reilly goes on TV night after night and blames “speculators” for gas pump prices, while guest after guest tell him he’s wrong. My wife asks, “What’s … Continue reading

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PESTICIDE ADVENTURES AT TRIANGLE LAKE, BY DENNIS: T. AVERY

My brother lives in Triangle Lake, a small community in Oregon’s Coastal Range foothills, surrounded by pastures and forests. Recently, a wealthy couple from Chicago bought a local property and is kindling what they call the “Pitchfork Rebellion” against pesticides. … Continue reading

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DARWIN vs. FREE MARKETS, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

President Obama says the Republicans want to throw everyone under the wheels of a Darwinian “survival of the fittest” machine. He says the dog-eat-dog of the free market will be bad for blacks, Latinos, women, and the handicapped. He’s got … Continue reading

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UN CLIMATE PANEL AND “EXTREME WEATHER,” BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted last week it had no evidence to support the various claims that the planet’s weather is becoming “more extreme.” The new IPCC report on weather extremes reads: “While there is evidence that increases … Continue reading

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PESTICIDE RESIDUE RISKS RECALCULATED, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

For the past 15 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been trying to scare U.S. consumers about pesticide residues on the fruits and vegetables in supermarkets. The EWG annually selects a “dirty dozen” produce items that they say pose … Continue reading

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AFRICA: THE NEXT MEGADROUGHT, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

Africa is suffering serious drought again—in both the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya) and in West Africa’s Mali. How bad is the drought likely to get? Three years ago, the New York Times reported a study of the … Continue reading

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THE VIKINGS: VICTIMS AND VICTORS, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

It’s ironic that we remember the Vikings best for one small failure— their frozen far-north Greenland colony. We should instead be praising the Vikings for struggling through the cold and stormy Dark Ages, for designing those fabulous dragon ships, for … Continue reading

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RAW MILK: BUYING DANGER, BY: DENNIS T. AVERY

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control finally confirmed that drinking raw milk is more than twice as dangerous then drinking pasteurized milk. And the raw milk disease outbreaks are more dangerous’ especially for kids and the elderly. This is the … Continue reading

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