Category Archives: AERO on the Air

Montana Public Radio (MTPR) has canceled the commentary segment of their programing. Commentaries will be available on their website but no longer aired.

The Power of Less

If you lived in the 70s you probably remember some popularity around the term “passive solar design.” The idea caught on big in Germany, and scientists there formalized the design and construction principles into a rigorous standard that aims to reduce building energy use by 75-90% compared to the current American codes. PassiveHouse represents the practical limit as to how far it is possible to reduce energy use and represents the future of where our industry can go. Continue reading

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The Benefits of Community Supported Agriculture

“When we talk about a strong local food system as beneficial, what do we mean? Economically, the direct link from grower to consumer allows our grocery dollars to remain local. Considering the high percentage of our incomes used for the purchase of food, this is significant. Many of our local CSA programs are able to accept SNAP Benefits creating access to members of our community with lower incomes.” Continue reading

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A New Model for Clean Energy

Utilities are regulated monopolies, with a business model dictated by law. That model has been essentially unchanged for more than 100 years; but the world is changing around it. We need a fundamental restructuring of the utility business model to remove the disincentive for utilities to accommodate decentralized renewable energy as one component of a cleaner, more modern energy system. To get there, we’ll all have to be on board: utilities, public service commissions, policymakers, and consumers of electricity like you and me. Continue reading

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Millennials Making Change

Farm to Cafeteria Network, a program of the National Center for Appropriate Technology, or NCAT, has recently begun a Growing Leaders program— a network of Montana high school students who are concerned about food and healthy living. These young people bring up issues like genetically modified organisms, school lunch programs, lagging rural economies, and the general disconnect between people and the food on our plates. In addition to raising concerns, these students are also raising awareness and taking action to right some of the wrongs of our industrial food system. Continue reading

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The Great Produce Rescue of 2012

It was like triage those first couple of weeks. We hardly knew where to begin. We started irrigation and then harvested a mountain of lettuces. After that, we started the overwhelming task of weeding. Day after day, volunteers came to help. In time, our numbers grew, and by the end of the season more than 80 people came to help and contributed more than 600 hours of their time. What a great new definition of Community Supported Agriculture! Continue reading

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Failing Our Children

Many schools across Montana are purchasing healthy local food from area farmers through Farm to School programs. Earlier this Legislative Session, the statewide food policy coalition Grow Montana developed the Farm to School bill with the simple goal of securing … Continue reading

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Unleash Renewable Energy in Montana

I am not an energy expert.  However, as a Montanan, I care about energy independence.  A couple years ago while I was living in Dillon, Montana, news came down of a plan for a major transmission line through town.   You … Continue reading

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Don’t Delete Agriculture

Montana’s heritage is rooted in working farms and ranches.  And so is our future.  Agriculture is woven into the fabric of our economy, culture, and landscape.  And, of course, agriculture provides the food we all need to survive. Given how … Continue reading

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