Spaceship Earth

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 23:15

Old hippies don't die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes round again.

— Joseph Gallivan

By Joe Romano, 
Marketing Manager

earthIn the late sixties and early 1970s when GreenStar was founded, hippies ruled the world. Oh yeah, man, there were straight-looking presidents and bankers; cops and crossing guards played their parts so they wouldn't wig-out the "straights," but the hippies were really running things. Most of the stuff we hold near and dear now was either created by hippies or it was stuff hippies let slide on through. Everything else is pretty much conservative conspiracy theory, like Skull and Bones, television, etiquette, and the World Bank. Seriously, though, by the sixties, the foundations for the world as we now know it had already been laid thanks to proto-hippies like Einstein and Jesus.

Einstein's theories had led to quantum mechanics, and in order for that to jibe with his theory of relativity, Einstein noted uncomfortably that some "spooky action at a distance" had to be taking place in the midst of our everyday reality. In other words, according to the quantum theories being proposed, events taking place here could have an instantaneous, simultaneous effect on events taking place elsewhere. This concept was too much even for Einstein, who ultimately rejected quantum physics because he did not believe that locality could be fluid in this way, and when he jumped ship, it cast a pall over all of quantum mechanics and its freaky theories.

So, while a bunch of hippies were buying grain and founding the awesome institution and co-op we call GreenStar, another group of underemployed hippie quantum physicists calling themselves the "Fundamental Fysiks Group" met in coffee shops near the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Northern California, to talk about a subject so crazy nobody else in mainstream science really wanted to touch it: the idea of entanglement, that things were connected in ways we could not easily perceive, leading perhaps to psychic and even paranormal phenomena. They were asking questions like: "Do subatomic particles influence each other from a distance?" and if so, "What are the implications?"

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Fighting Fracking

Friday, 08 February 2013 15:12

On Wednesday, Jan. 9., four busloads of people from the Ithaca area traveled to Albany to join in a protest against hydrofracking at Governor Andrew Cuomo's annual State of the State speech. GreenStar, which has taken an official anti-fracking position, contributed funding to offset the ticket prices for the buses. We invited some of those who went to tell us about what they saw, heard, and felt while they were there.

Inspired Youth Lift Their Voices 

By Anna Kucher, 

Ithaca High School student

One of the four buses that traveled from Ithaca to Albany was filled with over 40 youth, traveling to rally for a ban on fracking, move toward clean energy, and create a better future for themselves. While the sun rose on the horizon, some students slept while others chatted excitedly about what the day would hold. For some, it was their first time going to a rally, while for others it was their first time in the state capital.

The bus captain Ren Ostry, along with Ariana Shapiro, began leading chants, and then asked the youth to create their own. The entire bus practiced the chants together, and eventually started them later that day among the 1,000+ crowd.

Once in Albany, we had a large presence. Both the New Roots and LACS students held banners representing Ithaca and their coalitions of young people, such as the group started by LACS students, "NY Youth Against Fracking." Many people approaching the State of the State address were forced to walk past our banners, while in the capitol building, many also wrote comments to the DEC that were delivered by Ren Ostry alongside Sandra Steingraber and Yoko Ono on Jan. 11.

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Networking to Strengthen the Local Food System

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 23:09

By Dan Hoffman, 

GreenStar Community Projects Board Member and GreenStar Council Member

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Glenn Bergman, General Manager of Weavers Way Co-op in Philadelphia, with GreenStar General Manager Brandon Kane, at one of the recent networking sessions. Glenn spoke about the innovative programs supported by Weavers Way to expand food security and promote food justice in Philadelphia.

 

All across our county and our region, organizations, businesses, and individuals are busily engaged in an inspiring variety of efforts to build a food system that is more locally and regionally based, that is more ecologically sound and sustainable, and that is more just. Now, as a result of a pair of exciting gatherings in November and December, it appears that there will be an ongoing network to foster communication, cooperation, and collaboration among these efforts in our area.

As the final component of its 2012 Food Summit, GreenStar Community Projects (the tax-exempt affiliate of GreenStar Co-op) assembled representatives from more than 60 local organizations, farms, and other businesses for two all-evening networking sessions — each of which included a shared meal based primarily on locally grown foods prepared to perfection by the GreenStar Deli. A total of 70 people took part in the sessions, with most of them attending both nights. The Park Foundation and GreenStar Co-op provided financial support for the event.

Speakers emphasized the importance of keeping multiple objectives in mind:

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