Links Worth Sharing: Urban Agriculture, School Lunch, Adulthood, and more!

S.F. property owners to get tax break from creating urban farms via SF Gate

Excited to see an economic policy that encourages sustainability. “Starting Sept. 8, owners of empty lots could save thousands of dollars a year in property taxes in exchange for allowing their land to be used for agriculture for five years or more.”

Good bosses aren’t good enough via Daily Kos

Having a good boss is great. Not having to worry about having a good boss is better. “Coming out of Labor Day, it’s important to remember that American workers didn’t get weekends, or overtime, or the minimum wage, or workplace safety regulations, because good bosses decided to be nice. We got those things because workers joined together and organized and fought and demanded and built power and used that power to make change.”

Feeding the Street: The Untold Story of Women Vendors in New York via Feet in 2 Worlds

I admit to taking street food totally for granted when we lived in SF and not thinking about the barriers or risk for the vendors; this is a good awareness raising piece about what it means to do that work.  “Like workers at fast food restaurants, street vendors also cook and sell food at an industrial pace. But while employees of McDonald’s, Taco Bell and other fast food chains have stepped up their demands for higher wages and better working conditions, vendors like Heleodora have been left out of the movement.”

School Administrators: Kids Like Healthy Lunches Just Fine via Time

There’s still so much work to do when it comes to school lunch and how to make it healthy, tasty, and affordable for everyone involved.

“But most had come around by the spring, they reported in a new study backed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Now, around 70% of elementary school students “generally like the new lunch,” they said.” 

“Yet, according to the new survey to be published in an upcoming issue of the Childhood Obesity journal, high school students and students in rural schools have been more reluctant to accept the changes.”

Mother Nature’s Daughters via The New York Times

An interesting look into urban ag in NYC and the role that women play. “More significant, if urban ag work comes to be seen as women’s work, what will that mean for the movement’s farming model, mission and pay?”

Thanks to A Practical Wedding for bringing these articles to my attention – a fascinating examination at what it means to “be an adult” in the US today. 

The Death of Adulthood in American Culture via The New York Times

“What all of these shows grasp at, in one way or another, is that nobody knows how to be a grown-up anymore. Adulthood as we have known it has become conceptually untenable. It isn’t only that patriarchy in the strict, old-school Don Draper sense has fallen apart. It’s that it may never really have existed in the first place, at least in the way its avatars imagined. Which raises the question: Should we mourn the departed or dance on its grave?”

The “death of adulthood” is really just capitalism at work via Salon

“Well, if Scott gets to play frustrated English professor in his article, I get to play former college Marxist in mine, and insist that sometimes economic forces really do shape the cultural zone. Real wages have fallen since Don Draper’s heyday, especially for American men and double-especially for the middle-class and working-class white men who were once the bulwarks of the mid-century model of adulthood. We now live in a culture (using the word in its anthropological sense) of diminished expectations and permanent underemployment, where many or most young people will never be as affluent as their parents.”

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