This past January, I read the book Amazon Besieged: By dams, soya, agribusinees and land grabbing. This book is a compilation of articles originally posted on Mongabay by veteran reporters Mauricio Torres and Sue Branford. Since I read this compilation, … Continue reading Amazon Besieged: Q & A with author and reporter Sue Branford
With a mixture of defiance and bravado, Impossible Foods’ CEO Pat Brown recently challenged anyone questioning his decision to use American GMO soy beans in his flagship product, the Impossible Burger Version 2.0. Citing constraints on the availability of organic … Continue reading The Ecocide Burger
If you’ve listened to any of Gabe Brown’s many Youtube videos, you can hear his voice in your head as you read through his recently released book, Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture. In his book, Gabe … Continue reading Dirt to Soil, a book review (The Gospel of Gabe)
Dear Council Member Koretz, After reading your recently published Grub Street interview as well as your motion, I decided to write this follow-up letter. To begin with, I’m not in anyway aligned with the “meat industry” or right wing radio. Your dismissing objections … Continue reading RE: Proposed legislation for vegan options at public venues in Los Angeles
Dear Council Member Koretz, Regarding your proposed legislation requiring vegan options in Los Angeles, I get it. I was vegan a while back, and vegetarian for a long time before that, and finding food at different public venues was really … Continue reading Why do only some diets warrant special laws?
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