Thursday, March 22, 2007

No Impact, Family Farming and A Year Without Toilet Paper

In today's New York Times, the lead article on the front page of the Home and Garden section was entitled "The Year Without Toilet Paper". It shares the story of New York City residents Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical nonfiction, and Michelle Conlin, 39, a senior writer at Business Week, who are one-third of the way through a yearlong "No Impact" lifestyle experiment. According to the article, the rules for "No Impact" include, "eating only food (organically) grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan; (mostly) no shopping for anything except said food; producing no trash (except compost, see above); using no paper; and, most intriguingly, using no carbon-fueled transportation."

So why are we writing about this in the eClips blog?

Well, as it turns out, Beaven relies on NYC's Union Square Greenmarket for his groceries - including buying his milk in reusable glass bottles from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy.

Ronnybrook Farm dairy is a family-run dairy farm and creamery located in the Hudson Valley. One of the three brothers who co-own the farm, Rick Osofsky, sat down with eClips to discuss the difficulties facing the family farm as well as the rewards and challenges of working in green markets.

eClips has captured entrepreneur and expert comments on social responsibility and sustainability for years. In addition, we have an extensive collection of comments related to Ag- and Food- Based businesses.

Take a look at the No Impact Man blog, read the New York Times article and then stop by eClips to hear more about Ronnybrook Farm.

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