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Is It Possible to Eat Sustainably at the University of Virginia? Eating sustainably requires (a) that you come to some resolution about what “sustainable” means, (b) that you have the opportunity to choose so-defined sustainable foods, and (c) that the constraints of your lifestyle, geography, and socioeconomic context make it possible for you to pursue…

This chart about the lack of resolution to some basic problems in Africa — between solutions proposed in 1938 to those from 2005 — fascinates me not only for the info it presents but for the range of responses it has elicited. It is a chart from a working paper by William Easterly, a professor…

Does Science Equal Progress?

Instead of me answering that, I wondered instead how other people have argued about the question. To be more specific, since I am interested in the role of scientific practice for defining the land, I wondered how people argued about whether or not science was better for agriculture. I wrote a book about it. It’s…

Pt. 1 | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 — Part 3 with Julie Sze, discussing her book Noxious New York, follows below. All entries in the author-meets-blogger series can be found here.

Part 1 | Pt. 2 (below) | Pt. 3 — Part 2 with Julie Sze, discussing her book Noxious New York, follows below. All entries in the author-meets-blogger series can be found here.

Part 1 (below) | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 — The World’s Fair is pleased to offer the following discussion about Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2007), with its author Julie Sze. Sze is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of California at…

Tim LeCain, a professor at Montana State (in Bozeman) and a talented scholar in environmental history and the history of technology (“envirotech“), has just published Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines that Wired America and Scarred the Planet. Although I’ve not read it yet, I’m familiar with LeCain’s work in general (having read prior…

Alas, I have a book cover to share for Notes from the Ground! I’m pleased with it. I was even brought to use an exclamation point just there. It happens, I know it, it happens, people judge these things by their covers. I don’t say so to be cutesy or play the cliche. I’m just…

I realized of late that I am more a fan of Malcolm Galdwell’s reviews than his articles. It’s possible I’ve even poked fun of Gladwellian articles in the past (“I Dream in Malcolm Gladwell“). But oh boy did I enjoy his recent review of Chris Anderson’s Free: The Future of a Radical Price. Anderson, the…

Pt. I | Pt. 2 | Pt. 3 — Part 3 with Martha McCaughey, discussing her book The Caveman Mystique, follows below. All entries in the author-meets-blogger series can be found here.