Friday, July 21, 2006

Environmental Booklist

Environmental issues are all over the news media. To get a better grasp of what the issues are all about I would recommend reading more on the topic. But where to start? The Environmental Defense Fund has come out with their new booklist. The book Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, et al. looks interesting. Can capitalism walk hand in hand with environmentalism?

If there is one book I personally recommend it is Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Although set in the 50's rural America and first published as a series in the New Yorker in 1962, the story she tells is a global one and a story that still continues today in Asia. RC writes with eloquence, making complicated scientific theories easy to understand. I was engrossed with this book which was text book reading in one of my Environmental Studies courses. The new edition has a forward by Al Gore who was himself changed as a young man after reading the book when it first came out.

Rachel Carson made environmentalism respectable. Before Silent Spring, nearly all Americans believed that science was a force for good. Carson's work exposed the dark side of science. It showed that DDT and other chemicals we were using to enhance agricultural productivity were poisoning our lakes, rivers, oceans, and ourselves. Thanks to her, progress can no longer be measured solely in tons of wheat produced and millions of insects killed. Thanks to her, the destruction of nature can no longer be called progress.

- Ecotopia


Riquito said...

Hi. I enjoy your articles a lot.

Is it possible to visit your farm in Antipolo?

I have my own organic garden in Negros Oriental and am planning to get into commercial organic farming.

By the way we have a house in Antipolo also so I'm kinda curious about your farm.


Macky said...

Sure, I think that can be arranged. Probably better to go after the rainy season when I have more variety. November would be a good time. In the meantime, the Organic Market is open on Sundays at the Lagaspi Village Park, Gamboa St., 7am - 2pm.

Please leave me your e-mail.

Riquito said...

my email is
thanks for the prompt reply.

hopefully i'll be here november.

Are you familiar with herba buena?


Macky said...

No, I'm not familiar with it...

Riquito said...

Its a plant that grows in the wild and is supposed to be beneficial in an organic garden. Thats about all I know about it and was hoping you had some info on it.

Some old farmer from the mountains of Negros gave me a few to plant in my garden. I'd like to know more about it.

Keep in touch.