The Register had an article on Urban Chickens this morning. Seems Des Moines metro is one of the few areas where they’re OK in the state! I find it interesting that Marshalltown outlawed backyard chickens because some Latino immigrants were butchering their chickens in their yards and allowing the blood to run into the street. Um, what about just making it illegal to allow blood from butchered animals to run into the street?
(And let’s not pretend that the only people bleeding out animals in their houses/yards are Latino immigrants. A house my sister looked at in Omaha featured a large set-up in the garage intended solely for dressing animals the former homeowner had hunted. Including a drain for the blood.)
Stuff Happens. It combines two awesome things. Bill Nye and discussion of the ins and outs of making better choices. For example, how eating conventional bacon is endangering the lives of sea birds. On the show I’m watching now, he just pointed out how utterly stupid it is that Iowa imports Strawberries, grapes, and other foods we could totally grow here.
I will say, when the Planet Green channel first debuted, our family was less than impressed. It seemed to show mostly reruns of other Discovery-family shows, like the Iowa Farm Bureau Bike episodes of American Chopper.
But lately, I’ve been watching it more and more. Last night, awakened just enough by Genevieve (who is 3 days old) to be unable to get back to sleep right away, I found myself watching Living with Ed, which was on for about 8 hours in a row. Apparently, as I fell back asleep, TV still on, my husband awoke and watched it for several hours, as well.
By the time I woke up for the day, he was ready to order the solar panels we’ve talked about for years, in addition to a small wind turbine.
The show really is fun. It follows Ed Begley Junior and his wife Rachelle as they try to make their southern California home as energy-efficient and Green as possible. They also visit their famous friends in nearly every episode, including Bill Nye, one of my favorite people of all time, who lives just down the street.
Of course, for as fun and inspirational as the show is, it’s hard to get past that also rubs our faces in the fact that it’s easier to be green and super energy-efficient when you have lots and lots of money to spend on new appliances and recycled carpet.
I will say that the other drawback from my vantage point is that the show showcases so much buying of new things. There’s no discussion of whether it might be greener to continue to use the old oven instead of getting a new one, for example.