Mid-Atlantic

February, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Action for Nature
Action for Nature is a nonprofit organization reaching internationally to encourage "young people to take personal action to better their environments and to foster love and respect for nature." The colorful, easy-to-navigate Web site includes details about the International Young Eco-Hero Award for 8- to 16-year-olds, highlights from "Acting For Nature" book featuring young people and their solutions to environmental problems. The Sharing Center invites inspiring stories about environmental projects and kid-to-kid messages about the environment around the world. The Nature-Friendly page links to other youth programs and resources. My scores in the Fun and Games sections weren't encouraging -- takes swift eye-hand coordination to catch trash with a mouse click.

Books

Omnivore's Dilemma
Michael Pollan, author of Second Nature, The Botany of Desire, and A Place of My Own, again brings his hands-on journalist's approach to the food we Americans buy and eat. Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, is a traveling tale that provokes a disturbing, in-depth view of corn, beef, and processed foods, even what's called "organic." We join Pollan as he tracks a bushel of George Naylor's corn, a calf on its way to the feedlot, Rosie the "organic" chicken to an animal factory, and as he heads into a forest to bag a wild California pig and pick morrels. From McDonald's to his "Perfect Meal" -- fresh, hand-gathered, and Pollan-cooked -- the journey this book takes us on is food for thought.

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