Amy Southerland

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Name: Amy Southerland
Date registered: October 26, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Agribusiness as Usual (pay no attention to that man behind the subsidized curtain!) — December 19, 2011
  2. Tweeting and Blogging about The Atlantic’s Green Intelligence Forum — November 20, 2011
  3. Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust — November 13, 2011
  4. Roger Doiron on Subversive Plots — October 28, 2011
  5. Rebirth of a Blog: The Sustainable POV Backstory — October 27, 2011

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Dec 19

Agribusiness as Usual (pay no attention to that man behind the subsidized curtain!)

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The idea that organic farming just can’t work on a national or global scale is so often presented as a self-evident, undeniable fact that I tend to believe it. So as I go about trying to make healthy, ethical decisions about my own food consumption, I sometimes see myself as part of a privileged few …

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Nov 20

Tweeting and Blogging about The Atlantic’s Green Intelligence Forum

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On November 16 and 17, 2011, I was the on-the-ground correspondent for The Atlantic’s fourth-annual Green Intelligence Forum, live-tweeting the event from @sustainablePOV and using Storify to create a live-coverage event timeline. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a series of blog posts related to the event at the Powering Energy Progress blog …

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Nov 13

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Two things I’ve encountered recently have me thinking about sustainable living through the lens of sustainable dying. First, there’s this delightful TED talk from artist Jae Rhim Lee: “My mushroom burial suit.” It’s under eight minutes, and I recommend watching if you haven’t seen it. In short, she has developed the concept for a burial …

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Oct 28

Roger Doiron on Subversive Plots

This TED talk from Roger Doiron (Kitchen Gardens International) is really fantastic — funny, smart and inspiring. He begins by framing food as a means of power (yes!) and saying that gardening is a gateway drug to other kinds of “food freedom.” Doiron pulls together a lot of great information, including this eye-opener: in order …

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Oct 27

Rebirth of a Blog: The Sustainable POV Backstory

Three years ago, I started a blog called Sustainable Brain as a way to provide annotated links to articles and other resources about sustainability (broadly defined). More than anything, the intent was to keep a log for myself – a running compendium of ideas and information that I found valuable and could refer back to …

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Sep 29

This Old Recyclable House (Jon Mooallem, NYTimes Magazine, 9/28/08)

Yesterday, the NYTimes Magazine featured an in-depth look at “deconstruction” — tearing down old houses and buildings in order to reclaim virtually 100% of the building materials. It’s an intriguing concept — with complicated economics and market forces at work. On the surface of it, demolition is faster and cheaper. But deconstruction could contribute in …

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Sep 14

Mark Svengold: “Wind-Power Politics”

This great in-depth look at offshore wind power in the NYTimes Magazine (Sept. 14) tells the story of Bluewater Wind, the company that is building a huge offshore windfarm in/for Delaware. The story is told against the larger context of the quickly evolving world of wind power, with a focus on the political forces at …

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Sep 03

Tom Friedman: “And Then There Was One”

In the September 2 New York Times, Tom Friedman says of John McCain: With his choice of Sarah Palin — the Alaska governor who has advocated drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and does not believe mankind is playing any role in climate change — for vice president, John McCain has completed his makeover …

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Sep 02

“Beyond Carbon: Scientists Worry About Nitrogen’s Effect” (Richard Morgan, NYTimes)

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Remember those huge algae blooms in China that mucked up the water for the Olympic sailing events? The culprit was nitrogen. An article in the Sept. 2 New York Times looks at concerns about nitrogen, and it’s a good reminder that climate change is complicated — yes, reducing carbon is critical, but that many other …

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Sep 01

Book Review: The Golden Spruce

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I’ve just finished reading The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed by John Vaillant (2005). It tells the story of Grand Hadwin, who sawed down the Golden Sitka in British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands in 1997. The tree was a unique Sitka Spruce with golden needles — a “freak of nature” …

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