It’s a Fracking Good Life

By Mikey Tittinger

 

One person’s hydraulic fracturing is another’s “fracking”. Whatever you call it, extracting natural gas from the earth by injecting water, guar gum and chemicals is good fun.

 

Still, some wet blanket of a California lawmaker — Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) — wants a new label for food irrigated with “fracking water”. But anonymous agriculture experts counter there isn’t enough known about the topic. Good enough for me.

 

I like fracking. I like saying the word fracking. So much so that I’ve even made my top-10 list of Things to like Love About Fracking:

 

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Claudia’s Corner: What we can learn from puppets

by Megan Tambio

So, there’s only a couple more weeks before the sweet release of summertime. What if I told you that you didn’t have to wait until then to do something awesome? The Assistance League of Santa Monica (ALSM) has you covered.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 3.20.06 PMThe ALSM’s Puppeteers put on awesome puppet shows to teach kids about social issues and provide thought-provoking material. Plays like “Playground Bullying” shows the dangers of bullying, while “Caught in the Middle” teaches children of divorce how to cope with their new, complicated situation.

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Concious Farmers

Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland will take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their ‘20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business.

Through this film from award-winning director, James Moll, you’ll step inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Learn about their high-risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.

Director James Moll traveled across the country meeting young farmers and ranchers. Watch the trailer to catch a glimpse of stories shared during his interviews. This film will be released in Spring 2014.

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