Like a lot of writers, George Monbiot really likes out of context stats. Numbers seem authoritative and incontrovertible. Though more often than not, writers who cite such numbers have little understanding of how such statistics are or were derived. Not sure where George got his latest figure regarding sheep consumption only accounting for 1.2% of the diet (I assume in the UK), as noted in this recent BBC article. He seems to cherry pick a lot of his numbers from Oxford studies and reports. Regardless, here just below is a breakdown of the primary sources of proteins in the UK … Continue reading Lies, damn lies, and [tweeted] statistics
Josh Tickell in his new book, Kiss the Ground, travels to Paris and across the United States to research and raise awareness of the role and potential that soil has to mitigate climate change and alleviate hunger. During these travels, … Continue reading Kiss the Ground, a book review
We’ve all read headlines like the following: “Pfizer rare heart disease drug reduces risk of death by 30 percent in study.” “Eating processed meat daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by about 18%.” “Ditching Meat can help reduce cancer … Continue reading Absolute Versus Relative Risk- What’s the Difference?
Currently there’s a debate as to whether future cellular AG technology should be regulated by the FDA or USDA. There’s also debate as to what this technology should be called. Many proponents for this cellular technology prefer the term “clean … Continue reading More on Cultured Stem Cell Proteins: FDA requests public comment.
If you believe all the headlines, in a few short years or even less time, the way meat is grown will radically change. Brewing like tanks full of dividing cells will replace farms and factory farms raising livestock, thus no … Continue reading Lab meat: More hype than substance?
“For me context is the key – from that comes the understanding of everything,” Kenneth Noland Preface: This is pretty much a work in progress reflecting my evolving understanding of methane in … Continue reading Ruminations: Methane math and context
A couple years ago, I attended the Natural Product Expo West for the first time. The section of the main exhibit hall that I first wandered into was row after row of nutraceutical suppliers. These suppliers, including many from China, … Continue reading A Tale of Two Expos