Let’s (not) take the kids for a day on the (US industrial beef) farm.


Tascosa Feedyard, Texas (detail) source: Mishka Henner

Those little black and whitish specks that look like ants on the left?  Cows.  That enormous acid green pool of slime to the right?  No idea.  But I know this: there is something terrible going on with our food production in this country. It’s poisoning us and it’s poisoning the environment.  I can’t imagine any of those poor cows are too psyched about it either.

But wait, there are many more horrifyingly fascinating aerial views of America’s heartland shot by photographer Mishka Henner at his website.  Take a look here.  I dare you.  When you’re done please join me at the paragraph below.

Done?  Ok.  I’m sure we can all agree that no kid (or cow) should ever have to spend the day on any of those farms.  And I consider myself a kind of casual, quasi-expert on this farm thing after having lived on a beautiful New Zealand farm where happy cows grazed in wide open pastures with no slime in sight.

So me, myself and everybody else, let’s choose to rethink our purchases.  Let’s choose to rethink our family’s diet.  Let’s choose to buy grass fed beef, locally farmed if at all possible.  It’s usually less convenient and definitely more expensive so let’s just buy less of it.  Or none at all.  If ever we could collectively be inspired to become organic farmers, vegetarians or vegans it should be right now… as we sit here staring at all those little American cow-ants imprisoned on the shores of Lake Slime.

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The big day is closing in but there’s  still time to tuck Long Live Earth’s Anniversary Edition under the tree.  Perfect for all those budding environmentalists… and no batteries required!  Happy and safe holidays to all.
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She hasn't changed a bit.

She hasn’t changed a bit.

My First Post Ever!

Can it really be 20 years since Long Live Earth was first published?

The first time around I wanted this book to make a difference.  Judging from the thoughtful letters that I received from kids all over the world (who are now, no doubt, progressive thinking young adults like my son Ben, now 24) I believe it did.

But this time I’m hopeful that Long Live Earth will make an ever BIGGER difference as we have now reached a truly critical moment in our fight against global warming and climate change.  There is simply no time to lose.  That’s why I will be donating a portion of all pre-ordered book proceeds to 350.org, an amazing global grassroots movement committed to solving the climate crisis.  More specifics TBD, but if you don’t already know 350.org then it’s definitely time to check them out.  My target date to begin taking pre-orders for the Anniversary edition of Long Live Earth is October 16.  I sincerely hope you will come back over in mid October to pre-order Long Live Earth for you and yours (and in doing also support 350.org!).  In the meantime click on the link below and check out some really informative, inspiring videos:

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Long Live our Children!