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Olga Bonfiglio is a Huffington Post contributor and author of Heroes of a Different Stripe: How One Town Responded to the War in Iraq. She has written for several magazines and newspapers on the subjects of food, social justice and religion. She currently volunteers on a small dairy farm in southwest Michigan.
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Big Government and Big Corporations Befriend the Local Food Movement
The local food movement is one of the great trends to hit the country over the past decade. What isn't widely known is that the federal government, some big corporations and a variety of non-profit and small business organizations are stepping up to encourage the growth and viability of a local food system in order to give people of all income levels access to local food that is healthier, safer and fresher.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 22, 2011 The War in Iraq Is Over--Not
Members of the Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) held their usual Sunday peace vigil in front of the Federal Building in downtown Kalamazoo as they have been doing since September 1, 2002. And, it doesn't look as though they are going away despite President Obama's declaration of the end of the war in Iraq.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, November 4, 2011 Van Jones Has An Answer
Who can possibly muster hope in the face of the declining job market, an assault on the middle class, environmental degradation, financial ruination, dismemberment of public services and the high cost of education? After hearing Van Jones speak, I wish I were 20 again.
SHARE Tuesday, September 27, 2011 Urban planting: Turning blight into bounty in the inner city
Here is an excerpt from an article I wrote about Catholic spirituality and urban gardens that was published as a cover story in US Catholic magazine. This illustrates the growing interest and importance of this grassroots movement that is transforming our overwrought national food system.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 5, 2011 Hiroshima Day Reflection on Nuclear Weapons
It's been 66 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and many people have been trying to rid the world of these viciously dangerous, exorbitantly expensive and wildly unnecessary weapons. Read why and how both peace activists and Cold War hawks are doing it.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 5, 2011 How I Became a "Rail Fan"
Trains are a "green" way to travel and a key component of our public transportation system. They avoid the hassles of freeway driving and the expense of auto parking or the long waits and delays of the airport. And, they are just plain fun to ride.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 21, 2011 Book Review: Basics with a Twist
I'm not one for cookbooks but Basics with a Twist by Kim Sanwald has truly inspired me to transform my own cooking with the same zeal and enthusiasm as Julie when she went through Julia Child's classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Rwanda, a Light for the World
Seventeen years ago today began a 100-day genocide in Rwanda where a million people perished--and the world just sat and watched it happen.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, March 7, 2011 Mardi Gras Reflection: Food's Impact on Re-Building New Orleans
In an odd sort of way, Hurricane Katrina helped to make New Orleans an incredible laboratory not only for understanding the role and importance of a city's food system but for recognizing the importance of food as an essential tool for community building.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Frozen Assets
Southwestern Michigan caught winter's blast last week. It gave me an opportunity to consider some new meaning in the value of energy and its effect on life both at home and in my community.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Women's Eucharist Lives On Despite Rejection by Popes
On the second Sunday of each month, a group of six to fifteen women from the Detroit area meet to pray, sing, dance, reflect on the Sunday scriptures, and to break bread together--without a priest to officiate.