Quick Green Reads For The Weekend Volume 175.

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Now that summer is here, I am doing my best to buy all of my food from the Farmer’s Market right up the street from me. Last week I bought all my bread, fruits and veggies for the entire week, and even a bottle of strawberry jam, from the vendors there – all for $16! The only thing that I need every week that no one has there is coffee, so I still need to go to the store for that. But the Farmer’s Market is a great place to get the majority of your food, from local farmers, for way less than a grocery store. And it’s organic, to boot! So be sure to check out your local market if you have one – I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the offerings. On to the reads…

I had to ask myself – if we, the self-proclaimed environmentally-friendly activists, had known six months ago that this oil spill would occur, would we have given up our destructive behavior? Would we have sworn off buying petroleum-based products for the rest of our lives?

Woman cannot live on baguettes alone. So what’s a vegetarian to do in a country where fish, meat, and copious amounts of butter and cheese are par for the course? Head south to a little village called Ventenac on the Mediterranean coast of Southern France. That’s where I discovered Chateau Ventenac, a 19th century castle on the Canal du Midi that’s become a magnet for artists, poets, writers and, on that particular week, veg-loving foodies. Slowing Down in Southern France.

“We are a nation of oiloholics: Instead of ranting at oil companies, pols, let’s look in the mirror.” I wish they had said “As well as ranting at oil companies… let’s look in the mirror.” Because I think we need to take both collective as well as individual responsibility. It’s not either/or.

The modern age has given birth to scores of how-to books, and the environmental movement has played no small part in that. There are “green” how-to books, magazines, and websites on nearly every topic: how to garden organically*, how to create the perfect compost, how to keep bees and produce your own honey, how to cut your energy costs – William Powers’ book, Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream, is quite different.

You try to eat a healthy diet, stay active, and keep your kids safe from negative influences outside the home. You choose personal care products with claims like natural and organic, but are those products in your bathroom really healthy? Or are they still full of dangerous chemicals?

Despite a lagging global economy and tight credit markets, 2010 is shaping up to be a banner year for the offshore wind energy industry. According to new figures released by the European Wind Energy Association, 118 new offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 333 megawatts were fully connected to the European grid in the first half of 2010.

And now for a little comic relief: Amish Teen Leads Police on Horse-And-Buggy Chase

Have a great weekend…

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