Surferbird News-Links, 27th Edition


Welcome to the 27th edition of Surferbird News-Links! Today's stories include: Posters from the 50s and 60s, divesting in palm oil, farms with brains, a floating food forest, and more. Posting these four times a week seems like a lot of Surferbird News-Links. Because it's difficult to fit in writing regular posts when I publish these so often, I'm not sure I'll continue on this schedule. But of course, I'll give you a heads up when I make up my mind. Although I did hear about a blogger who became famous from a daily news-links series, I'm not sure that would work for me. What do you think?

I most certainly plan to keep my blog going, but I'm also applying for freelance writing jobs. This is a big step. Since putting myself out there for actual paid projects feels kind of scary, I would greatly appreciate your positive thoughts. Now, on with the news-links!

Giving Tuesday

Many of you who've followed me for a while know that I enjoy keeping up with Village Enterprise. You can read more about them, here, and also, please visit their website for additional information and colorful, inspiring photos. I'm not affiliated with Village Enterprise. However, if you're looking for a way to pay it forward, this program, in my opinion, fits the bill. But don't take my word for it. Head on over to their website and take a look! You'll be glad you did.



Standing Rock protesters (water protectors) must leave protest site by December 5th. (

I don't usually include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) news in Surferbird News-Links because I figure you already know about it. But by the time I get around to writing a post about DAPL, the whole thing may be over. Meanwhile, if you're interested, here's a petition to sign, along with another one,here. Things are looking bleak, but let's do everything in our power to let the president know how we feel about this project.

Palm oil

Which foods, cosmetics, and other products contain palm oil?(

So, I decided to look up my favorite lipstick today to see if contains palm oil. Bummer. It does. What am I going to do about it? Use it up. Am I going to buy more when it's gone? Nope. The link above is a quick, but not absolute, reference to products that contain palm oil. Things change, so simply use it as a starting point. Your best bet is to always read labels.

Divesting in palm oil - are your investments supporting deforestation? (

Unfortunately, I discovered that even socially conscious retirement funds have holdings in companies that support palm oil production and deforestation. However, the good news is that consumers and investment firms are demanding more information. Additionally, you can use the tool in the link to find out if your retirement is being funded by palm oil and deforestation, or take a look here (

Food and Farming

What will farming look like in the future? (

This is a short read with a two minute video, approximately, that discusses the future of farming and technology. I think you'll find it rather interesting. And it's also not about doom and gloom, for a change. Hmm, how would you like to be the first person in your neighborhood to own a greenhouse with a brain?

A new kind of kale coming to a market near you - well, eventually. (

I have mixed feelings about this idea. I happen to like kale as is. It seems to me we should spend more time making sure we can continue to grow current varieties rather than come up with a newfangled consumer-friendly kale. Well, that's my two bits.

A floating food forest in NYC (

Do you remember the floating food forest from one of my first Surferbird News-Links posts? Here's an interview with the person who thought up the idea of Swale, a floating food forest in New York Harbor.

New data on pesticides in our food (

Well, does anyone want to start a small farm with me? I'm uncomfortable with this new data. Because I don't research and write extensively about pesticides, that's all I'm going to say. Take a look, and let me know what you think.


Animation is unlocking the future for many with autism. (

I agree with the author of the post. We definitely need to create work around people's skill sets and strengths - and not just for those with autism. It seems we make life difficult by trying to paddle upstream so often. The video in the post describes the animation program, but it's also today's featured video, below.

Deaths from Asthma after thunderstorms in Australia (

It sounds like a headline from a sensationalist newspaper, but it's not. And these sorts of occurrences happen in other places, also. I thought you'd appreciate knowing. Asthma is serious business, and about one-third of the people who experienced symptoms had never been diagnosed with asthma.

Science and technology

What the future was supposed to look like - posters from the 50s and 60s(

This one's funny - nothing too serious here. It's a page of posters, circa 1950s and 1960s. Can you believe they actually thought we'd have self-driving cars? :) I like the flying car - and the dog. Which one is your favorite?

Today's video

That's all for today! Enjoy the short video, and please share it with someone who might benefit from this program.  Laura