Surferbird News-Links, 2nd 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-Linksa weekly summary from across the web


Village Enterprise

Did you get a chance to read last week's post? Village Enterprise is having a Living on Less Campaign, May 2-6. The goal is to spend no more than $1.90 on food each day per person. Check out the post, as some interesting conversation ensued. The poorest of the poor must deal with this limited amount of food money daily. If you haven't already visited their website, you'll fall in love with the images of the land and the people. If it's not feasible to participate in the campaign, I'm sure they would welcome a donation.


And why would you replace butter with vegetable oil?  - I've been waiting for them to catch on. My grandmother was right.

Eco-friendly beer - Well, this is funny as I don't drink beer, but I respect those who do and support yummy, sustainable food.

Why do fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe? - It's not a trick question; it's not even a tricky question. Read the article, and find out!

Fast food and toxic chemicals - This isn't good news, but maybe you'll be inspired to cook. Even simply prepared food at home is better than fast food.

Surprising foods that you can freeze - Food waste is a big deal these days. Growing less food has an impact on climate change.  Check out the link above for more information.

Making Textiles out of mushrooms - Okay, this just seems weird, but I find it fascinating. I love textiles; however, did you know that the textile industry is a big polluter? There are numerous hazards to workers and consumers from chemicals used in the industry. This technology holds promise.

Healing Zimbabwe's land with restorative grazing - It seems counterintuitive, but using native herds for grazing in Zimbabwe is restoring the drought stricken land, along with providing sources of food.

Fleece clothing major contributor to microplastics in water- Sorry - bad news.


An article on famous thinkers who liked to walk - This article put reading my father's copy of Leaves of Grass, which I inherited in 2009, on my bucket list - one of my favorite posts from the Mark's Daily Apple blog. Take a peek to learn about famous thinkers who enjoyed walking.


Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization, by Roy Scranton - This book is startling, but well written, one of a few must read books on my climate change reading list. I'll write a review when I'm finished. It's a quick, although not necessarily an easy, read.


This week's earworm is America - a youtube video (below) of a Simon and Garfunkel concert in Central Park, February 16, 1982. For those of you who don't know what an earworm is, it's when a song gets stuck in your head. I get earworms frequently; when I do, I'll share them with you. You're welcome.

This song has been popularized by the Bernie Sanders campaign, but regardless of who you vote for, it's meaning reaches far beyond politics. I've traveled coast to coast -  from the deep south, where I was born, to Appalachia, the Rocky Mountains, and now Martinez, California, where John Muir farmed and wrote with the hope of inspiring present and future generations to care for and preserve sacred places. I love this land called America, and I love Simon and Garfunkel. All land is sacred space, really.

What were you up to when this concert took place? Let's see -  for me, it was the day before my 22nd birthday, and I was already the mother of a six-month-old beautiful baby girl. And what about you? Please share in the comment section below or on my Facebook page.