PESTICIDES AND THE FOOD CHAIN. Other perspectives: No impact man.





A blog by Colin Beavan aka No Impact Man about living a green, sustainable, environmental life to help save the planet by reducing pollution, global warming ... http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/

Colin Beavan is a liberal schlub who got tired of listening to himself complain about the world without ever actually doing anything about it..." Thus, in November, 2006, Beavan launched a year-long project in which he, his wife, his two-year-old daughter and his four-year-old dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

http://www.colinbeavan.com/bio.php The point of the project was to experiment with ways of living that might both improve quality of life and be less harmful to the planet. It also provided a narrative vehicle by which to attract broad public attention to the range of pressing environmental crises including: food system sustainability, climate change, water scarcity, and materials and energy resource depletion.Beavan's experiment in lifestyle redesign is the subject of his book (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and a Sundance-selected documentary by independent film producers Laura Gabbert (Sunset Story, Getting to Know You) and Eden Wurmfeld (The Hammer, Puccini for Beginners, Kissing Jessica Stein). Both the book and the documentary were released in September, 2009. Columbia Pictures also plans to make a feature film (produced by Todd Black) based on the book.Beavan writes and administers the provocative environmental blog NoImpactMan.Com, which has become a meeting point for discussion of environmental issues from a "deep green" perspective. In addition to some 2,500 daily visitors and 4,000 daily page views, the site has 10,000 email and "newsreader" subscribers. About 1.8 million people have visited the blog since he established it a year and a half ago.

Beavan was named one of MSN's Ten Most Influential Men of 2007 and was named an Eco-Illuminator in Elle Magazine's 2008 Green Awards. His blog NoImpactMan.com was named one of the world's top 15 environmental websites by Time Magazine. He was named a 2008 Eco-Star by New York City's Lower East Side Ecology Center. (...)In 1992 Beavan returned to the United States and wrote for magazines (...)
He is director of the No Impact Project, a visiting scholar at NYU, an advisor to the University's Sustainability Task Force, and sits on the board of directors of New York City's Transportation Alternatives and on the advisory council of Just Food.
Want more? Check out these links. http://www.noimpactproject.org/ http://www.noimpactmandoc.com/ http://us.macmillan.com/noimpactman


  1. No comments? I thought all of you would like to write about this. For me it was quite of a shock to read what they were doing for a year in a city like NY. Of course he is a journalist and this was an article or series of articules but FOR A YEAR? And they say even today they keep on doing many things they learnt during that year.

  2. Bruce Tarlton4/24/10, 11:24 AM

    Yes, Laura! Here you are. I think that if we really believe in something then we should find innovative ways of achieving our aims, no matter what it takes. The fact that this chap has done this with his family, shows just how important this was for him. I think to have done this for more than a few days is proof enough that this was more than just a publicity stunt!

  3. Hi Bruce,

    Maybe you are right and this is only a publicity stunt. when I have visited the links above I have seen that the sale of the book and the movie are everywhere and according to the text now he is director, advisor, member of the board of directors...and I wonder, now he is a very important executive will he have a mobile? ;-)

    Cristina González

  4. Bruce, my name is Lucía!!
    I agree with you but I also wonder, like Cristina, what he will be doing at present.

  5. Lucía! My sincerest apologies!! I don´t think that´s the first time I´ve forgotten your name, Maybe I´ll do better this time!!

  6. Cristina Tejera6/13/10, 10:09 PM

    Well, I suppose that if they paid me for doing something like that... suppose that I could do it, but as you said, IT'S FOR A YEAR, wow, that's too long without all the good, comfortable way of life we have today.

    Cheers, Cris.