On Saturday, I had the opportunity to hear Kentucky native Wendell Berry speak on a number of issues that are affecting the way of life for folks in the Bluegrass. Barry, 76, carries a wealth of real-world experience as well as a broad and impressive job description as a poet, farmer, novelist, essayist, professor and activist. He is a staunch critic of mountaintop coal mining (mountaintop removal) and an advocate of the concept of local, agricultural economics. On this particular occasion, Berry spoke to a crowd exceeding 100 people at a street fair in Louisville.
The public is frequently inundated by the rhetoric of politicians who drop buzzwords such as “local” and “sustainable,” but hearing Wendell Berry say those words was a different experience. Berry is not a politician, or a salesman — his motives are not to win an election or to make a hard sell, which is why I trust Berry.
"A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales to the Future for Food Conference, Georgetown University, Washington DC"
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