Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oh yeah!

Foraging Fruit Gains Popularity

Supporters of this movement hold two basic principles. One, it’s a shame to let fruit go to waste. And two, neighborhood fruit tastes best when it’s free.

“There have always been people harvesting fallen fruit,” Ms. [Asiya] Wadud [pictured] said, “but there’s a whole new counterculture about gathering and eating public fruit. This tremendous resource is growing everywhere if people just start looking around.”

Also great about this article: more Oaktown, and more of my favorite thrifty ways.

I've got free fuyus, figs, lemons, plums, and squirrel-nibbled avocados on seasonal rotation in my neighborhood -- what about you?

And from free fruit directly to the compost bin:

S.F. OKs Toughest Recycling Law In U.S.

Throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash will be against the law in San Francisco, and could even lead to a fine.

The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 Tuesday to approve Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposal for the most comprehensive mandatory composting and recycling law in the country. It's an aggressive push to cut greenhouse gas emissions and have the city sending nothing to landfills or incinerators by 2020.

People very often will not take it upon themselves to change for the better -- especially if it puts them out a bit -- unless they are forced. The haters and libertarians are crying foul about this recycling program, but c'mon, what else is there to do? Where do we think our Earth is going?

So I say good for San Francisco, and I think it's about time, but there has to be real enforcement. Hard to imagine in a city that cannot seem to do a thing about it's shameful homeless population, no matter what programs are put into place. We'll see.

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Blogger getting stuff done said...

Hey there - found your blog - via - not even sure - it might be because you like Camper Van Beethoven.... Anyway, I like it and I agree re the forcing recycling on people. I think it is up to governments and laws to start implementing eco awareness. I mean, they don't let us steal or infringe copyright, so why not enforce looking after the planet?

re foraging for fruit. hmm UK is not so bountiful perhaps. But I did make some elderflower cordial. And you can get loads of blackberries in september.

have added you to my blog roll! xx M

June 11, 2009 at 1:03:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Funny Face said...

Ahh... well, if your gov are better at actually recycling our carefully sorted stuff, then am all for forced - but our gov want to force/fine us but then they just sell it on to other UK based companies, who then send it to landfill anyway or much worse - sell it to landfill oversea's! Its all about the green pound here not about doing whats best for the planet or the people.
Moan moan!!

June 11, 2009 at 8:06:00 AM PDT  

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