Posted by: johnny_a
in MyBlog on Aug 07, 2009
The Highland Park News reported yesterday on a public hearing over a proposed citywide ban on plastic foam packaging and single use plastic bags. Local restaurant and retail owners spoke out, claiming that such a law would place undue economic hardship on their businesses.
Claiming that (unspecified) "alternative" packaging would cost three times more than current materials, one restaurant owner stated "I'm afraid if we raise our prices we're just going to drive people to the bordering communities where (those restaurants) don't have these pass-through expenses." Other opponents said that any new required containers would create the same litter problems, and advocated for better recycling programs.
Posted by: johnny_a
in MyBlog on Feb 27, 2009
As we try to find ways to beat the pains of the poor economy, more households are planning to grow their own produce in 2009. According to a National Gardening Association (NGA) survey, that's an increase of 19 percent over 2008 survey numbers, almost double the growth in activity from the previous year. Those that plan to "grow their own" fruits, vegetables, and herbs are also seeking improved quality, taste, and safety in the food that reaches their dinner plates.
21 percent of all American households are planning to start a food garden in 2009. A well maintained home garden will yield an average return of $500, considering a typical investment and the average market price of produce.
"As in previous recessions, we've seen increased participation in and spending on food gardening as people look for ways to economize," explained Bruce Butterfield, research director for the NGA. "That said, these results suggest the interest in food gardening may continue to increase, even after the economy improves."
While the economy is one of the leading factors driving Americans away from grocery stores and into their backyards to grow their own fruits and vegetables, when asked, only one in three of the survey respondents said they were motivated to grow their own food because of the recession.
Here's a breakout of the numbers on some of the reasons why more households are turning to home gardening:
- 58 percent said for better-tasting food
- 54 percent said to save money on food bills
- 51 percent said for better quality food
- 48 percent said to grow food they know is safe
Source: National Gardening Association