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Week of 11.2.07

Growing Local, Eating Local

When the federal government ended its 60-plus years of price support to tobacco farmers in 2004, Virginians were hit particularly hard. This week, NOW travels to the mountainous farmlands of Appalachia to meet farmers who've attempted the difficult switch from tobacco to increasingly popular organic produce. Among those profiled is restaurant owner Steven Hopp who, along with his wife—acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver—spent a year living off the land.

Social entrepreneur Anthony Flaccavento founded an Enterprising Idea called "Appalachian Sustainable Development" to help local farmers and markets make the transition not just to organic, but to local organic. Can local farmers change course and crops and still survive in a shifting economy?

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Read an excerpt (pdf) from the book Steven Hopp co-authored with wife Barbara Kingsolver and daughter Camille Kingsolver Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

10 Steps to Becoming a Locavore

Read an interview with ASD's Anthony Flaccavento on Enterprising Ideas

Watch clips from Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the Tobacco South, a documentary that traces the history and culture of tobacco in the Old Belt of Virginia.

Appalachian Sustainable Development


Interview: Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben Also on the show, David Brancaccio interviews prominent environmentalist Bill McKibben about his "National Day of Climate Action" on November 3, and what we can all do to fight global warming. McKibben is also a bestselling author who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy. Beginning in the summer of 2006, McKibben led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history.

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Learn more about Step It Up—the National Day of Climate Action on November 3rd—and find out what events are happening in your area.

Can't participate in this month's Step It Up campaign? Find out more ways you can help stop global warming here

Watch the trailer for the new movie, "Everything's Cool"—a "toxic comedy" about global warming and passionate individuals like Bill McKibben, who are speaking out in a time of disinformation.

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