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  • Reflection Question
    Food Explore Other Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Solutions
    What did you find out? What is the most interesting fact you learned?

    Agostino Schito's avatar
    Agostino Schito 12/31/2019 9:56 AM
    Composting must be included in our solutions to a more sustainable way of living. It takes a change in culture and we must include educating our children in school to eliminate (or minimize) waste and to recycle properly with separation of organic or biodegradable material from the rest.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are just three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons? How could/does regenerative agriculture positively impact you and your community?

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    Agostino Schito 12/31/2019 9:51 AM
    We all need good food for health and growth. Using regenerative agriculture we can ensure the sustainability of the process and the protection of the environment for all future generation. I recently read on National Geographic that a scientific study has been published to show that we have enough resources on the planet to feed 10 billion people in 2050 if we make the required changes to our diet (90% plant based) and use regenerative agriculture which also has the added benefit to sequester carbon. We can do this!

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    Pam Gogol 10/18/2019 5:14 AM
    One way to reduce food waste is to support companies like Hungry Harvest that rescue unwanted produce and deliver it to your doorstep in recyclable containers.  Check them out at www.hungryharvest.net.

  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Choose LED Bulbs
    Changing lightbulbs is an excellent first step toward energy efficiency! What's next for you?

    Agostino Schito's avatar
    Agostino Schito 10/14/2019 8:59 AM
    It took me a little while to find 5 remaining incandescent light bulbs to change since we had replaced the vast majority of them withw  low power CFL years ago. However I had missed one of the bulbs in the garage, one closet, and 3 outdoors. So we are all done now.
    Next I am researching the possibility to switch my utility to  Green Choice. Still not clear how it actually works.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Agostino Schito 10/02/2019 6:16 PM
    I had never heard of the term silvopasture before. It seems a more sustainable type of farming. I watched a movie called "revolution food" which showed how several farms use integrative methods to produce more sustainable and natural meets and vegetables.

    Another interesting finding is that there seem to be only one example of silvopasture in Maryland
    https://www.jehovahjirehfarm.com/category/silvopasture/
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

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    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:53 AM
    My wife and I have been eating mostly vegetarian for over 1 year. We eat fish 2/3 times a week but no meat. We strive to eat good food, fresh and organic as much as possible.

    I believe that in the US access to cheap meat and other cheap food from industrial farming and package food is encouraging excessive consumption, however this type of food has little nutritional value and in many cases contain chemicals and toxins that may negatively impact our health. This is particularly dangerous for young children.

    In conclusion: eating less using fresh and organic food is better for our health and is more sustainable for our planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    Why do people in richer countries eat more meat than people in other places? How does eating more meat affect our bodies, our planet, and other people?

    Agostino Schito's avatar
    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:53 AM
    My wife and I have been eating mostly vegetarian for over 1 year. We eat fish 2/3 times a week but no meat. We strive to eat good food, fresh and organic as much as possible.

    I believe that in the US access to cheap meat and other cheap food from industrial farming and package food is encouraging excessive consumption, however this type of food has little nutritional value and in many cases contain chemicals and toxins that may negatively impact our health. This is particularly dangerous for young children.

    In conclusion: eating less using fresh and organic food is better for our health and is more sustainable for our planet.
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

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    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:31 AM
    We live in a nice neighborhood and have plenty of space for an enjoyable and safe walk using quite large sidewalks. What is missing is a bike lane, so sometimes we are sharing the side walk with young bike riders that, of course, prefer to use the side walk instead of the road. Not a real problem but something that could potentially be improved by having safe bike lanes for bikers and young riders
  • Reflection Question
    Buildings and Cities Go for a Daily Walk
    What have you noticed on your daily walks? What have you enjoyed? What infrastructure changes could make your walks more enjoyable or possible?

    Agostino Schito's avatar
    Agostino Schito 9/29/2019 6:31 AM
    We live in a nice neighborhood and have plenty of space for an enjoyable and safe walk using quite large sidewalks. What is missing is a bike lane, so sometimes we are sharing the side walk with young bike riders that, of course, prefer to use the side walk instead of the road. Not a real problem but something that could potentially be improved by having safe bike lanes for bikers and young riders

    • Addy Davidson's avatar
      Addy Davidson 10/06/2019 1:44 PM
      I am lucky to live near a university, so the city has put in quite large bike lanes.  I take my dogs for their morning trot on my bike each day in a nice loop around my house, using these lanes.  Now, if we could just convince people the lanes are not the right spot for the trash can pick up each week!

    • Agostino Schito's avatar
      Agostino Schito 10/14/2019 8:46 AM
      This is interesting. Bike lanes must be understood and respected. It is a cultural change. When I was walking in Amsterdam recently I was almost hit by a bike runner. I did not realize that on a pedestrian walk, cars must stop but bikes in bike lanes don't. It seems to make sense if you think how much it takes for a biker to stop and restart, however it want not obvious for me as a pedestrian not used to the bike lanes rules of the road...