Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feeding nine billion

This is an interesting and thorough review of the ails of the food system, presented in an inclusive and non-confrontational style, by Evan Fraser, co-author of Empires of Food and Beef. The solutions that he offers are also very nuanced, and so it is well worth sitting down and spending 12 minutes with this presentation.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

7 photos that reveal what families eat in one week

This link is a followup by Oxfam America to a book of photo essays, Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, both of which show global differences in weekly food consumption.

7 photos that reveal what families eat in one week

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Stephen Resnick

On January 2nd, a brilliant economist, Stephen Resnick, one of the founding members and a cornerstone of the heterodox Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, died. Professor Resnick touched the lives of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students over his career, including myself; even though I never met him, when I used to teach economics I often referred to a book that he co-authored with his long-time collaborator Richard Wolff, Economics: Neoclassical versus Marxian. An early obituary, written by one of his former students from Umass, can be found at:

Stephen Resnick, professor of economics at UMass-Amherst, dies at age 74

In addition, Professor Resnick's complete Economics 305 course on Marxian Economics at UMass Amherst can be found on YouTube.  This first lecture is:

Stephen Resnick will be missed.

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