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I recommend a new blog from Liz Stanton, Public Goods: The economics of climate, equity and shared prosperity. Stanton is “a senior economist with the Stockholm Environment Institute-U.S. and a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) of Tufts University.” I know her because we were in economics grad school together a few years back. Both of us came to economics late in the game, after we’d already completed our unrelated undergraduate degrees, for similar reasons–we both had developed a passion for sustainable agriculture, and decided we wanted to understand why our economic system seems so hell-bent on undermining sustainable endeavors, instead so richly rewarding corporate industrialization of every last inch of the Earth. In my case, I realized I just didn’t want to become “an economist” and work in the field for the rest of my life, so I took my master’s degree consolation prize and dropped out of the PhD program. Liz, with much more fortitude than I’ll ever have, stuck it out and is clearly doing good things in the profession. That’s one big loss for sustainable farms (she briefly had a small farm in California before turning to economics) and one big gain for economics and the rest of us interested in that far-reaching realm. It’s a brand new blog, so here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor and enable yourself, years down the road, to say, “yeah, I was reading Public Goods before it became so popular.”

I'm an associate editor at Chelsea Green and I like to think about low-tech/appropriate-tech gizmos that I hope to build when I have some spare time. In a previous incarnation, I coauthored the Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. When not at Chelsea Green or biking to work, I live and garden with my family in Norwich, Vermont.

Following up with Allan Savory on using cattle to reverse desertification and global warming

A couple weeks back I linked to the video of a lecture given by Allan Savory, on the topic of “Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure of Climate Change?” Unexpectedly, and to my delight, a reader of the blog who knows Savory put me in touch with him, and Savory generously agreed to answer questions I […] Read More..

Pigs at the trough and looking beyond local farms

The February Center for Rural Affairs newsletter includes a couple articles especially worth noting. Bad news first: the Obama administration isn’t holding to the President’s campaign promise to clamp down on the loophole that allows unlimited subsidies to go to the biggest farms. In a repudiation of the president’s central campaign pledge on rural policy, […] Read More..

Fascinating lecture: “Keeping Cattle: Cause or Cure of Climate Change?”

Check this out. It’s a lecture by Allan Savory sponsored by Feasta, an Irish organization (“The foundation for the economics of sustainability”). There’s a 10 minute version and a 1 hour version. The full version includes a lot of seriously interesting stuff not in the condensed version. I’d love to have the opportunity to talk […] Read More..

HCR Avatar analogy—and “pass HCR” contingency fund

Maybe lots of other people are making Avatar analogies, but I haven't happened to see them myself. So I'll just throw this out there. (Spoiler alert for people who haven't seen the movie and don't want to know the storyline: avoid this diary entry.) Read More..

A guy can dream… (passing health care reform)

Here’s my fantasy—if you have some way of making this into a reality, let me know! So it goes like this: the Senate version of health care reform, stripped of any semblance of a public plan by Joe “Take That, You Pathetic Citizens!” Lieberman, meets up with the House version in conference. They get merged […] Read More..