Frances' Blog Posts

Frances' Blog Posts

"We've hit the limits of a finite Earth!" Ever heard this environmentalists' call to action? If you have, it's probably made intuitive sense. After all, aren't ecosystems in collapse everywhere? The message warns us that we've crossed the line, and the obvious takeaway: Pull back just as fast as...
Okay, I didn't wear a hidden mic. (Did they have those in '67?) I didn't don gloves to mask my fingerprints that hot summer in Philly. But, I was truly an infiltrator, a provocateur-for-progress in the War on Poverty declared 50 years ago this month. Photo: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the...
We live in a strange, contradictory time. As the Millennium Development Goals' target year 2015 fast approaches, the World Bank is already celebrating victories. We read, for example, that "target of reducing extreme poverty by half has been reached five years ahead of the 2015 deadline." Sounds...
Go here to view the above image and watch Frances' panel, "Stakeholder Synergies: Socio-Economic Dimensions of Sustainable Agriculture," at approximately 1:33:00 and Straight Talk on GMOs: Fact, Fiction, and Food Security panel at approximately 2:40:00. I spoke in Des Moines, Iowa, last Friday at...
Who doesn't feel like throwing in the towel... with congressional approval ratings at a pitiful 10 percent? For pete's sake, even the much-reviled "socialism" has more than double the fans. Yet a moment's reflection tells us we can't solve any of our giant challenges without public decision-making...
Here it is: Power. Now, quick, before reading further, close your eyes. What associations come to mind? If your list is full words like coercion, force, guns, oppression, domination, money, you could be in big trouble. Turns out, our very idea of power can rob us of it. In its Latin root, posse,...