Missouri Adventures: 171 Miles to Awesome

By Tina Casagrand There are 171 miles between Columbia, Mo., and Ironton, Mo. If you take the cool route, the “back route,” you pass through approximately nine small towns. Most have at least one roadside ice cream shop. During this drive, you could listen to Old Crow Medicine Show’s Big Iron World 5.75 times for…

Recipe Corner: Chinese Tea Leaf Eggs

We picked this up from our friends over at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture. It’s a quirky and new way to make some really tasty eggs. Chinese tea leaf eggs Directions In a large saucepan, combine eggs and 1 teaspoon salt; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for…

Age of the Very Bad Things

ERM discussed two articles that address the cultural and physical impacts of our consumption culture. Here are a few key quotes, but they’re both worth the full read. “Age of the Anthropocene” By Elizabeth Kolbert, National Geographic “It’s a new name for a new geologic epoch—one defined by our own massive impact on the planet….

Tell Your Friends: Sustainable Farming CAN Feed the World

A powerful piece published by Mark Bittman of the New York Times. “Yet there is good news: increasing numbers of scientists, policy panels and experts (not hippies!) are suggesting that agricultural practices pretty close to organic — perhaps best called “sustainable” — can feed more poor people sooner, begin to repair the damage caused by…

Meet Your Meat

By Lauren Looney On the days when my family decides to go to Outback Steakhouse, I have to watch this video to – mainly stop pouting that I could only order a sweet potato- and to remind myself why I became a vegetarian. This video explores the wretched conditions that animals are subjected to in…

Bug Snacks: would you eat them?

In the Environmental Reading and Media Group tonight, we watched a TED talk by Marcel Dicke titled, “Why not eat insects?” Mr. Dicke suggests that for humans to sustain our growing population, we need  to switch from traditional meat to insect-based proteins. Yes, he believes that we need to all start eating bugs. As crazy…

“Alien Species:” a perspective on conservation science

Former Sustain Mizzou member and current Student Conservation Association intern Nicholas Mustoe offers his opinion in response to the recent Yale E360 report, “Alien Species Reconsidered: Finding a Value in Non-Natives.” The original article discusses “research that demonstrates that some non-native plants and animals can have beneficial impacts.” I feel the article almost willfully blurs…

Methane in our drinking water, fire in our cups

Sustain Mizzou member Ellen Thommesen arranged this striking photograph illustrating possible effects of hydraulic fracking. Check out her blog to learn more about the photography and idea behind it: “Recently throughout the US there have been major problems with methane in drinking water. Residents that have depended on well water for many years are now…