Surferbird News-Links, 10th Edition


Welcome to Surferbird News-Links. Join me on an exploration of health, food, science, and the environment. For more information on the name and origin of Surferbird News-Links, see here. Oh, I almost forgot; there's always an earworm at the end of every edition.What's an earworm? you ask. Well, scroll on down to discover!

Surferbird News-Links, a weekly summary from across the web

Village Enterprise

I first wrote about Village Enterprise back in March. As a result, I developed a deep fondness for their organization and work. Periodically, I provide updates about them here. Those of you who follow me regularly might recall the Living on Less campaign. Take a look at this thoughtful blog post by Kelsey Freeman on insights and lessons learned from Living on Less.



Will environmental regulations the European Union places on car manufacturers make automobile ownership unaffordable and elitist?Clean Technica does an excellent job explaining the impacts of these regulations with an added sprinkling of humor.

Here's more information about fish preferring microplastics over their natural food source. It's like junk food to them - a fascinating article, which expounds upon lasts week's link.

The great white shark population is recovering inCalifornia. For the health of the marine ecosystem - this is good news.


Do you sometimes find yourself needing to choose conventional milk over organic milk because of economics?Well, that might not be so bad, depending on the living conditions and diet of the cows. It's always worth knowing where you food comes from, and sometimes, conventional dairy can be a worthwhile choice.

Changes are coming to a food label near you! Here's an excellent summary from Mark's Daily Apple on the upcoming food label changes required by the FDA. Manufacturers have two years to comply with the new requirements - some of which, are a significant improvement.


What do naturally occurring clay in Oregon and superbugs have in common? Potentially, clay could be used to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria - probably due to the mineral content of the clay. Local natives have used the clay for healing everything from burns to arthritis.

You know, I've been meaning to say that you shower too much! So just stop it, already! That's not generally what we hear from people. Usually, it's the opposite. Some scientists feel that we're disturbing our skin's ecosystem by our frequent showering  - not to mention all of the water we use. Take a look at this experiment where the author quit showering. There's a short video at the end.


Would you like to take a ride in my beautiful driverless flying taxi? A Chinese business will be testing these in Nevada, but they aren't expected to be ready for passengers until at least ten years from now.

What if the bricks in your house were made from trash?StoneCycling makes bricks from scraps - ceramics, glass, and insulation. I found them to be quite elegant. What do you think?

Just Because...

From time to time, I enjoy reading Seth Godin's blog. I've been doing some thinking lately about business - the companies we support as consumers and the responsibility of producers to be ethical while creating sustainable practices. Here's a succinctly and eloquently written post from his blog on just this subject.


Well, it's been a stressful week in my wood - complete with drama and deadlines. When life feels especially challenging, I seem to fall back on an earworm that originated one evening at Whole Foods.

It was 2009, which brought about difficult changes for many individuals and families. I was shopping for groceries when Whole Foods played Ooh Child on their sound system. The music and lyrics instantly filled me with hope. Consequently, I struggled not to make an idiot of myself singing along while shoppers stared.

Do you ever sing in the grocery store? Does anyone else remember this song from the 70s?



Ooh Child, performed by the Five Stairsteps. (written by Stan Vincent)