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Scientists Must Tell The Climate Change Story

As a geoscientist, I am impressed at Dr. Somerville's attempt to be objective, but believe he has failed in that effort. The problem is that the science is NOT simple, it is NOT clear, and it is NOT static. Without a background in science, the public is not going to understand the issues (and the media seems fail even more poorly). For example, there were comments about sea level rising in San Diego, which may be true, but I can cite data that shows that the San Gabriel mountains and Santa Monica mountains in Los Angeles are actually rising, meaning that sea level may be falling in the Los Angeles basin (and the bench cut wave platforms high above sea level along our coast show this is true). Saying simply that "sea level is rising" is obfuscation of the actual science because it implicitly says that land is static. Climate is changing, (again, why do we assume climate has ever been static?) but I have serious doubts that we truly understand why it is changing and I am particularly skeptical of any scientist who makes the claim that they understand the cause. In reality, any scientist who says this is actually not being a scientist, but is in fact being political. This is why there are so many policy issues, simply because science is not a black and white set of facts that can be used reliably on the political time scale.

November 29, 2010 at 9:56 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

You Can Give Your Food New Life By Canning And Preserving

Great show! One of the ways I managed to finance my college education was with a garden that was alongside my urban driveway; by canning the vegetables I grew I had a year-round food supply at almost no cost. I have gone even further since then. I now dehydrate food, making raisins when grapes are cheap, drying all sorts of fruit and vegetables in season, and making jerky from meat. I developed my own recipes for chicken and beef jerky, made with wine and lower salt than typically found in commercial products. I also preserve dried vegetables such as tomatoes in olive oil, which makes a delicious product. By making my own dried meats I can replace sodium salt with potassium salt and make healthier food. I also make my own sausage, and because I make it myself can make it leaner than what is available in the store as well as adding fruits, vegetables, and my own spices for flavor. Using the sausage grinder, I also make cat food, and have not purchased commercial pet food since the contaminated pet food scare a few years ago. Jellies, jams, and pickles are great, but if you really want to experience the potential of preserving food, there is much more that can be done even in a small kitchen.

October 4, 2010 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Plastic Bag Bill Ban Moves Ahead In Sacramento

Another dumb idea from Sacramento and mis-guided environmentalists who are determined to determine societal behavior with regulations. There will be huge unintended consequences, and the new problem I predict is that heavy plastic "reusable" bags will become the new environmental problem. Only last week I pulled about 5 heavy "reusable bags" out of the dumpster where I live. These heavy synthetic bags use more resources and take decades longer to degrade. Apparently these geniuses have not thought about the impact that heavier synthetic bags, and even cotton bags (which have a huge environmental impact from the agricultural practices associated with cotton) will have on the environment. This will be a step backward for the environment.

June 1, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More Farmers Markets To Possibly Accept Food Stamps

As someone who seasonally sells at Farmers Markets, I would stop selling at any Farmers Market that required me to accept food stamps! The paperwork is onerous, the record keeping and chances of an audit make it an absurd idea that is certain to damage many small vendors that sell at Farmers Markets. I been through that nightmare, as I used to own a produce store that accepted food stamps. What's next? Are you going to force us to accept credit cards? Sales tax? Business licenses? Health inspections and food testing? Security requirements? The whole reason Farmers Markets work is that they are free of most of the regulatory hampers that prevent doing business on a small scale. Instead, Farmers Markets represent the spirit of knowing and trusting the people who grow your food, and cultivating a relationship between growers and consumers. This is a stupid idea.

March 4, 2010 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )