The Scoop

Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Methland, by Nick Reding

This one will be short and sweet; no pictures or anecdotes.

Buy this book; read it; then give it to someone else.

From the website:

Methland tells the story of the small town of Oelwein, Iowa–and, through it, the story of drug abuse in rural America. Once a railroad, meat-packing, and farming hub, Oelwein has been battered by the Farm Crisis and decimated by job losses. More recently, thanks to the lobbying of pharmaceutical companies in Washington, D.C., record amounts of methamphetamine, aka crank or crystal meth, are available on Oelwein’s streets. Like thousands of other small towns across the United States, the drug’s production has become one of Oelwein’s principal business.

As the LA Times puts it:

“Like all good journalism, [Methland is] the hand holding up the mirror, the friend telling us to take a cold, hard look at ourselves...”

Even if you don't live in rural America, this book matters to you. As William Cronon points out, "We all live in the country. We all live in the city."