Woody Tasch: The State of the Soil

| 7/21/2015 4:30:00 PM

Tags: Woody Tasch, nature, environment, culture, soil,

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In February 2015, Slow Money founder Woody Tasch gave a "State of the Soil" address at Food + Enterprise in Brooklyn. The response was overwhelmingly positive and Slow Money has made his remarks available to read here. – MOTHER

Thanks to Derek and Slow Money NYC and NRDC and the other Food + Enterprise partners for inviting me. I started thinking about these remarks last month, a few days after the President’s State of the Union address. I couldn’t help but think: The State of our Union may be strong—measured in terms of job growth, the stock market, shale oil and aircraft carriers—but  the State of Civilization, the State of Public Discourse, the State of our Soil is weak.

 I realize that in today’s fast world—fast food, fast money, fast information—a few weeks is a long time, a month an eternity, and who can even describe the immense duration of a fiscal quarter or a season. In today’s fast world, President Obama’s State of the Union is long gone. But in the spirit of all things slow, I’m going to go back all the way to the 1960s and 1970s, to a few Kennedys and things of a Presidential nature said back then. And then to the roots of the modern social investment movement, with a brief aside on Greek mythology and the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Along the way, I’ll give you an overview of the last five years of Slow Money activities—the $40 million that’s gone to over 400 small food enterprises via dozens of Slow Money local networks and investment clubs.

I guess you could say I offer these remarks as a kind of Earthworm’s Meta-Economic Non-Reply to the State of the Union. You know, there was a Republican reply. There should be an Earthworm’s Meta-Economic Non-Reply.

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