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From the pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando eco-activist Rob Greenfield grows and forages his food for one year


Rob Greenfield is extremely committed to his principles. The Orlando eco-activist made a vow in 2018 to live for a year only on what he can grow or forage. That means produce and herbs from gardens he himself has planted; and fruit, vegetables, mushrooms and fish he finds or catches on public land. He’s even boiling down salt from seawater. He’s a third of the way into his experiment, and he’s hungry a lot of the time. But he’s trying to make a point. Greenfield says, “When you look at global norms, my life isn’t extreme at all. The mainstream American lifestyle is what’s extreme.” In 2012, America’s largest factory farms produced 13 times more waste than does the entire …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida Woman makes 85 Cents for every Dollar Florida Man Makes


A lot of Florida Man stories went viral last week because of an internet challenge, but few Florida Woman headlines. Here’s one that should be trending: Florida women working full-time make about $5,515 a year less than men, a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families. That’s 85 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to an analysis from the Sun Sentinel. The gap varies by race and ethnicity. Latina and Black women are paid about $20,000 less a year than white, non-Hispanic men, the biggest gap out of any group, according to the report. If the annual gender wage gap were eliminated, a working woman in Florida would have enough money, on average, to pay …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Orlando currently has the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country


Orlando’s affordable housing crisis has just imploded, in case you were wondering. Last year a 2018 report ranked the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area second in the country for having the most severe affordable housing shortage, offering only 17 available and affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income renters. It is now worse. The Orlando metro area currently has only 13 affordable and available units for every 100 extremely low-income households, making it the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The report also found that Florida ranks first among states where low-income renter households are severely cost-burdened, with 80 percent of households spending half their income on rent or mortgage rather than food …
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From the pages of Orlando Weekly: The source of rising nutrient levels and algae growth in Lake Adair


Some College Park residents find themselves in a crappy situation, literally. Those living around Lake Adair share space with a roosting community of cormorants, who eat fish out of the lake and then, well, what goes in comes back out. Orlando city officials say the birds are to blame for the lake’s rising nutrient levels and algae growth, and for 20 years they’ve been trying to drive the birds away. When the birds are in the trees, city workers visit Lake Adair twice a day – once mid-morning and again in the evening – with spotlights, air horns, pyrotechnics, pressurized water, flare guns and whistler bombs; one resident described the neighborhood as “sounding like a war zone.” In 1997, an …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Academy Awards absence of nominations for films directed by women


This year’s Academy Awards broadcast has been plagued with setbacks. First, the on-again, off-again hosting debacle with Kevin Hart — there’s still no host announced for this Sunday night’s event. Last week we learned that the custom of having the previous year’s acting award-winners present trophies to the new winners would not be observed this year. Then it was announced that four major categories — editing, cinematography, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling — would be announced off-air, which threw the industry into a furor. But perhaps the worst Oscar fail this year is the absence of nominations for films directed by women, despite an upwelling of popular and critically acclaimed films including Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really …
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From The Pages of Orlando Weekly: Florida will bear the brunt of climate change


The five warmest years in recorded history have been the last five. Climate change is increasingly looking irreversible. Not a day has gone by since its unveiling without news mentions of the Green New Deal. Unfortunately, President Trump, Republicans and even centrist Democrats are dismissing it as a pipe dream. It’s ironic that Republicans – both lawmakers and voters – have their heads in the sand on global warming, because the states that will be hurt worst are voting for people who are opposed to climate policy. A newly released Brookings Institution study used economic modeling to estimate climate-related losses (in dollars and deaths) state by state from 2080 to 2099. Then it compared voting records by state and found …
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