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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.

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(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 18, 2012
Some Sociological Explanations for Climate Change Denial Talk about climate change seems to be a taboo subject in America today. As you may expect, it's about money, politics, culture and media bias. Sociologists have yet another explanation.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 10, 2011
Michigan Can Be a Leader in Dealing With Climate Change The opportunity to pull Michigan out of its economic slump and deal with climate change is right in front of us. But leaders are dithering.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 2, 2011
Losing Alicia--A Father's Journey After 9/11 An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man living with an extraordinary tragedy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Wednesday, August 3, 2011
What Happened to the Bill of Rights in Kalamazoo? The Bill of Rights were ripped off in Kalamazoo. Has it happened in your town, too?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 24, 2011
Travelogue: 100th Anniversary of Machu Picchu Discovery July 25, marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu. Here is a brief history and travelogue.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 22, 2011
Life Rules: Why So Much Is Going Wrong Everywhere at Once and How Life Teaches Us to Fix It "We've lost sight of the fact that the non-living systems we've created and the natural ones we didn't create share the same planet....and on Earth, Life rules, we don't," says Ellen LaConte, author of the new book, Life Rules.
Back  to nature: Roger Ulrich, founder of Lake Village  Homestead Farm in  Pavilion Town, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Intentional Community Celebrates 40 Years Lake Village (near Kalamazoo, Michigan) began as an experiment in "getting back to the Earth." Now in its 40th year, it sees no end in sight
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 7, 2011
The Call of the Land: An Agrarian Primer for the 21st Century Let's not confuse "agriculture" with "agrarianism" says Steven McFadden in his new book, The Call of the Land. Then we might think more deeply about our relationship to the earth.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 24, 2011
The Gutsy Food Sovereignty Movement Helps Shape Policy And to Rekindle and Model Democratic Principles at Work Citizen participation is the key to establishing and keeping a democracy. As we watch our representative government crumble through corporate influence, political corruption and hate speech, we can look to the food sovereignty movement to remind us how democracy really works. Then, let's hope that spirit will spread.

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