Laura Orlando is a member of the Rural America In These Times Board of Editors and the executive director of the Resource Institute for Low Entropy Systems (RILES), a Boston-based nonprofit concerned with health and the environment.
She also teaches in the environmental health department at the Boston University School of Public Health. Laura grew up on a farm near Benton Harbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Factory Farm Runoff Is Polluting Lake Erie, But CAFO Sewers Are Not the Answer
The Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario—are magnificent inland seas that were once as clear as rainwater. Now each is polluted, but Lake Erie, the smallest, by volume,... MORE
Rural America · July 24, 2015
The Latest From Our Editor in Greece
Laura Orlando is a member of the Rural America In These Times Board of Editors. What follows are some notes about a trip to Europe she’s taking with her daughter.... MORE
Rural America · July 13, 2015
Rural America Goes to Greece
Laura Orlando is a member of the Rural America In These Times Board of Editors. What follows are some notes about a trip to Europe she’s taking with her daughter. Check... MORE
Rural America · July 7, 2015
The Legacy of Slavery: What Inequality and Industrial Hog Operations Have in Common
American agriculture is not one story, but many. Millions of animals living in confined spaces as part of large scale, market-directed production—industrial agribusiness—is one of the more horrific ones.... MORE
Rural America · March 19, 2015
The Big Necessity argues toilets and sewers are the key to improved sanitation. But reality is more complex - and toxic MORE
Culture · October 24, 2008