From Sustainable Agriculture to a Sustainable America
by Cliff Feigenbaum, founder, GreenMoney
Welcome to the Slow Money issue of GreenMoney. Before we get started I want to thank Patrick Davis who served as Guest Editor for GreenMoney’s February edition on “Millennials, Money and Meaning.” Don’t miss this insightful issue, completely written by Millennials.
As we all know, this year’s financial and political events are already moving quickly. I started 2016 by shifting my online news source from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal, trying to learn about the world through a difference lens and gain a new perspective on business and money.
Politics are omnipresent this year, from the surprisingly intolerant Left (where free speech isn’t always free) to the ever-righteous Right (where liberal values are seldom welcome). Don’t succumb to the extreme elements in our society, though they certainly are a reflection of us at this time in America.
The disdain for President Obama from the Right has been about equal to the disdain the Left had for President George W. Bush. This disdain has made it nearly impossible to move to a respectful, moderate center, where things can be accomplished in these unprecedented times, and where we must address the crippling national debt of $19 Trillion (almost doubling during the last decade). Millennials will be inheriting most of the debt burden. Our leaders must have better fiscal discipline, spending priorities for education, infrastructure and cybersecurity need shoring up.
The rights and responsibility of free speech also bring costs and consequences. From college campuses, to the Washington halls of power and on down Wall Street, all of us need to practice discernment, not discrimination, and think before we speak and act. Yes, these are increasingly complex times we are living in. Challenging global issues like terrorism, immigration, climate change, and elections all impact our personal finances. Can we live a life that reflects our core values in these defining moments as we learn to live between fear and faith?
Now, on to this March 2016 issue on Slow Money where we bring our discussion back down to earth, grounded in the soil where we grow our food and sustain our planet and its many living systems. As we spend our money on a myriad of food products, our dollars can help redirect farming for a more sustainable and healthier world. You’ll read about how people are investing in sustainable agriculture to achieve healthy returns. This issue will help you understand why stewardship of our land and water using sustainable agriculture should not only be part of your shopping and diet, but also a healthy portion of your financial portfolio.
Slow Money and the State of Soil
by Woody Tasch, founder and chairman of Slow Money Institute
Moooo-ve Over Big Dairy: The True Story of a Goat Dairy Cooperative
by Taber Ward, co-founder and executive director; and Madelynn Evensen, education coordinator and herd manager of Mountain Flower Goat Dairy
My Personal Journey from Conventional Finance to Slow Money
by Marco Vangelisti, founder of Essential Knowledge for Transition
How 2015 Set the Table for Major Agricultural and Environmental Success in 2016
by Environmental Defense Fund staff
Organic’s Top Ten in 2015: The Biggest Organic News of the Year
by the Organic Trade Association
Organic Valley Passes the $1 Billion in Sales Milestone
from Organic Valley
Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben & Jerry’s
by Brad Edmondson, author
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