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12:29 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Demystifying a Farming Philosophy - Biodynamics

Annual harvest of dandelions on Zinniker farm

Not all, that many years ago, organic farming might have elicited the rolling of eyes. Today, the practice of growing products without chemicals seems common. However, a related approach remains relatively unknown.

Called biodynamics, it involves the use of harvested plants and remains of dead animals. Advocates kicked off a five-day North American conference in Madison on Wednesday.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence set out to learn more about the farming practice that dates back to the turn of the last century.

She begins at a dandelion harvesting event outside of Elkhorn.

You many find a few descriptions “unsavory.”

Petra Duffner knew nothing about biodynamics – until 1991.

That was the year she took a break from college in her native Germany and landed on this farm in southeastern Wisconsin.



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Health & Science
9:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

What Kentucky has Learned about Creating a Health Insurance Exchange

Kentucky started planning months ago and shares what it has learned.
Credit StateHealthFacts.org

Governor Walker will announce his decision Friday, as to whether Wisconsin will create a state-run health insurance exchange or rely on the federal government to develop a plan.

WUWM inquired about Kentucky’s plan – that state is months ahead in planning its exchange.

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Health & Science
9:24 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Marquette Lecturer: Eventually, Only Fringe Element Will Scorn Health Care Reform Act

Government researcher perceives opposition to ACA dwindling.

While Wisconsin remains among the states yet to take formal steps toward creating a health care exchange, Chris Murray, a lecturer at Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, describes opposition to the Affordable Care Act as waning.

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Environment
2:52 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Partnerships Eyed for Massive Water Infrastructure Improvements

Public-private partnerships are seen as one way to fund renovation of the nation's aging water infrastructure and avert water main breaks like this.
Credit US EPA

Water industry and government leaders will be in Chicago this week to discuss innovative ways to upgrade the nation's waterworks.

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Arts & Culture
10:09 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Heroes of "Hollow Earth" Breathe Life, Adventure Into Art

Brother and sister John and Carole Barrowman are co-authors of "Hollow Earth."
Credit Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews John and Carole Barrowman.

Have you ever looked at a painting in an art gallery and wished you could become part of the world the artist created? Certainly, it’d be nice to spend some time in Claude Monet’s world, and it would be an adventure to make your way through an M.C. Esher drawing.

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