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Books and Papers

Toilet Ecology a review of The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters (Metropolitan, October 2008)

The Dean's Report from the Boston University School of Public Health, featuring RILES, published October 2007

In Beach Enclave, Affluent Are Split Over Effluent, Rincon Sewer Avoidance story, New York Times, September 25, 2007, by Regan Morris

Killer Sanitation: The Paradox Revealed with Solutions, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Winter 2003 Newsletter, Laura Orlando and Penny Fujiko Willgerodt

The Sludge Report: A special issue of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Volume 12, Number 4, 2002, special issue editors, Richard Clapp and Laura Orlando

The Role of Citizen Activism in Protecting Public Health and the Environment from the Land Application of Sewage Sludge
Laura Orlando. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Volume 12, Number 4, 2002

Sewers, Sludge Treatment, Sludge: Damage Without End
Abby A. Rockefeller. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, Volume 12, Number 4, 2002

Toward Sustainable Sanitation Edited by Robert Goodland, Laura Orlando, and Jeff Anhang. May 2001. ISBN 0-9710173-0-1. Available here in PDF format. For the book, contact The ReSource Institute for Low Entropy Systems

Industry Attacks on Dissent: From Rachel Carson to Oprah
Laura Orlando. Dollars and Sense, March/April 2002
Industry Attacks on Dissent PDF version

Sustainable Sanitation: A Global Health Challenge
Laura Orlando. Dollars and Sense, May/June 2001.

Civilization and Sludge: Notes on the History of the Management of Human Excreta.
Abby Rockefeller, Current World Leaders, Volume 39, No. 6.

What is Environmental Sustainability in Sanitation?
Robert Goodland and Abby Rockefeller, UNEP-IETC Newsletter, Summer 1996.

Sludge is Sludge is Sludge
Abby Rockefeller

Sewage Treatment Plants vs. the Environment
Abby Rockefeller

The Sludge Scam: Should Sewage Sludge Fertilize Your Vegetables.
Laura Orlando, Dollars and Sense, May/June 1997.

McFarms Go Hog Wild
Laura Orlando. Dollars and Sense, May/June 1998.

Toxic Avengers
Laura Orlando. In These Times, February 21, 1999.

Wringing Out the World
Laura Orlando. Dollars and Sense, July/August 1999.

Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly #561.
New U.S. Waste Strategy, pt. 2: Sewage Sludge. Peter Montague. August 28, 1997.

Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly #644.
Excrement Happens -- Part 1. Peter Montague. April 1, 1999.

The Sanitation Gap: Development's deadly menace.
Akhtar Hameed Khan, Progress of Nations 1997, UNICEF.

Mega-Slums: the coming sanitary crisis
Maggie Black, A Water Aid Report

ReSource Musings Archive

This Compost
Walt Whitman

Recommended Books

Trust Us, We're Experts! How Industry Manipulates Science and Gambles with Your Future. John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, Penguin Putnum, 2001. Go to the PR Watch web site for more information.

Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies And the Public Relations Industry. John Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, Common Courage Press, 1995. PR Watch web site

Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground. Edited by Cleo Woelfe-Erskine, July Oskar Cole, and Laura Allen. Illustrated by Annie Danger. Soft Skull Press, Brooklyn, NY 2007.

Our Stolen Future : Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?-A Scientific Detective Story. Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, John Peterson Myers. Plume, 1997. Web site: Our Stolen Future.

Living Downstream --An Ecologist Looks At Cancer And The Environment. Sandra Steingraber. Addison-Wesley, 1997

Water In Crisis. Edited by Peter H. Gleick. Oxford University Press, 1993.

The Heat Is On. Ross Gelbspan. Addison-Wesley, 1997

Soil & Civilization. Edward Hyams, Harper & Row 1952 (hard to find).

Culture & Agriculture. Wendell Berry. Sierra Club Books, 1977. Silent Spring. Rachel Carson. Houghton Mifflin, 1962.


Crapshoot: The Gamble With Our Wastes, directed by Jeff McKay, featuring interviews with Laura Orlando and Abby Rockefeller. National Film Board, Canada, 2003. Available from Bullfrog Films; US premier was on The Sundance Channel, May 1, 2007.

Equinox: Alternatives to Human Waste Management, featuring ReSource's Nicaragua Project. Britain's Channel Four Television, 1991.

Something to think about

"There is no doubt about it, the basic satisfaction in farming is manure, which always suggests that life can be cyclic and chemically perfect and aromatic and continuous." E.B. White.

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