Category: Economics

Good Riddance

Good Riddance

It’s always an ironic postscript to Thanksgiving: the raucous Black Friday stampede at the starting line of a month-long shopping marathon. How quickly our gratitude for blessings descends into a sharp-elbowed scramble to acquire...

Casting Ballots for the Planet

Casting Ballots for the Planet

It’s been a long campaign season, and many of us are ready for a respite from barbed political banter. So let’s take a high-altitude look at what this looming election might mean–for our planet....

The Value of Frugality

The Value of Frugality

A recent skim of the book 365 Ways to Live Cheap! made me realize that, without ever trying, I have mastered the art of being a cheapskate. That long list of tips sounded all...

Sustainability Certification or Simply Marketing?

Sustainability Certification or Simply Marketing?

Certifying farms for sustainability is an appealing idea. The bureaucrats in Augusta who hatched this plan for Maine undoubtedly envisioned nothing but positive outcomes. A state seal of approval for sound agricultural practices could...

Serving up Wonky Veggies

Serving up Wonky Veggies

Who is not amused by a two-legged carrot or an eggplant with a ski-jump nose? Gardeners don’t expect perfection or uniformity, especially when growing organically. Yet supermarkets claim they can sell only flawless produce...

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

“Is it really possible to be bored by the end of the world?” This question, in the opening minutes of Avi Lewis’s film This Changes Everything, reveals the paradox at the core of the...

Factoring in Local and Organic Foods on a Budget

Factoring in Local and Organic Foods on a Budget

The Press Herald recently reported that Maine residents spend a third more on food than the national average. This was not news for those of us tallying up grocery bills. We live daily with...

Minimizing Reliance on Credit Cards

Minimizing Reliance on Credit Cards

When a gas pump rejected my credit card, I assumed its card reader was broken. Later that afternoon, another store clerk returned my card unused and told me, “It may be shut down for...