The most commonly irrigated crop—the plant that receives 4 billion gallons of potable water a day, the plant that the average American spends 150 hours a year tending, and the plant that North America alone spends $40,000,000,000 a year on—is not the crop that will feed the world. In fact, it is not a crop that will feed anybody, except maybe some lucky cows.
The U.N. recently released a report extolling the virtues of edible insects as an environmentally responsible alternative to meat as a source of protein and other nutrients. With their high fat, protein, fiber, and mineral contents, edible insects certainly pack a healthy punch! What’s even better is that the cost to our environment to raise insects for consumption is far less than the impact of raising large livestock for meat.
Honey bees are super pollinators and have an enormous impact on the environment. Since the mid 2000’s their numbers have been declining rapidly. Scientist are unable to explain their disappearance but one thing is for certain, the absence of bees would leave much of the world’s food supply in question. Without pollinating insect life, fruits, vegetables, and field crops would be obsolete causing extreme hardship for the farm and food industry and leaving their future, and our survival, in question.
Philippe Cousteau Jr. once told Elle magazine that “it takes more than a birth certificate to be a Cousteau.” The 30-something certainly isn’t resting on his famous name, but he is living up to it, carrying on the work of his father, Philippe Cousteau, and grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
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The Kemper Tiny House almost done!
The hand-built shelfing system, where we’ll plug in our laptops, store our books, and house our music and audio, has just been completed. Brad’s team has done an exceptional job with the detail finish work and trim, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the craftsmanship of our shelving system.
It’s simply wonderful, and a total joy to watch our tiny house as it approaches completion.
The wood being used to build the cabinetry, window trim, the ship ladder to the loft space, countertops, shelves and all other interior and exterior details is longleaf pine, reclaimed from a tear-down, slated for demolition due to highway expansion through Luling, Texas. Estimated age of the wood is approximately 100 years.
As we anticipate with glee, the receipt of our tiny house, it is exciting to see the progress being made day-by-day.
Our tiny house is taking on its character, a character with the energy of its ancestors.
The ceiling boards are reclaimed from a home built in the 1860’s, the wainscot bead board from another home constructed in the 1880’s, the door from a home welcoming those who entered through during the 1850’s to 1860’s.
Recently, Margaret (my wife) and I bought a 1940’s “Austin stone” house in an eastern Dallas neighborhood. Upon buying our home, we immediately decided to remodel, and were faced with the decision to temporarily rent elsewhere, or live in a home filled with dust. Reluctant to disrupt our lives completely, we opted to build a backyard studio where we could temporarily live while our house was being remodeled. Since we had previously discussed building a space where visiting friends, musicians (www.eastdallashouseconcerts.com), and family could stay, the decision was easy.
Ray Anderson, the founder of Interface Inc., was perhaps one of the most vocal proponents of environmentalism in business. He was one of my heroes and mentors, and I’m sure a true inspiration to many others working in the realm of sustainability. Ray was the relentless force in…
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