Wendell Berry is a farmer and author who writes on issues of agriculture, the environment, and sustainability. In his 1997 essay “Energy in Agriculture,” he blames the rise of fossil fuels for the damaging shift from family farms to industrial agriculture. He then connects this transformation in agricultural practices to the all-conmsuming oil addiction that is slowly bringing America to her knees – calling it theft from future generations.
|By: Jim Moss Saturday June 19, 2010 5:00 pm|
|By: Jim Moss Sunday May 2, 2010 8:30 am|
Our distorted form of individualism has led us to brink of disaster, and it prevents us from understanding our own culpability. The oil industry lives and breathes because we continue to buy their gas. The government turns a blind eye to their negligence because we as citizens don’t hold them accountable. But somehow, we as citizens and consumers see ourselves as victims rather than partners in the crime.
|By: Jim Moss Saturday April 24, 2010 6:00 pm|
When I was a child, I became fascinated by the Interstate Highway System. On family trips, I would sit in the backseat with my Rand McNally road atlas, carefully charting the passage of each town, exit, and rest stop. At home, I would spend hours pouring over the maps of all 50 states, memorizing the numbering system and dreaming of one day travelling on each and every Interstate across the country.
|By: Jim Moss Sunday April 18, 2010 6:30 am|
Our love affair with our cars has also been fueled by the devious actions of a few major corporations. The once ubiquitous electric streetcar was driven into the ground by colloboration of Big Oil and Big Auto. It wasn’t a fair fight.
|By: Jim Moss Saturday April 10, 2010 4:00 pm|
In the coming months, there will be a series of articles on the Seminal called “Driven to Destruction.” It will unearth some of the sordid history of how the country became so car-dependent, how this dependency has become harmful in so many ways, and how we can begin to move forward to a more sane and sustainable system of transportation.