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
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
“In soil/natural ecosystems, microorganisms including bacteria and fungi exist in a very large number and play a very crucial role in maintaining major biogeochemical cycles, plant nutrition, plant health, soil fertility, soil structure, and degrading organic pollutants and remediation of … Continue reading It’s the Soil Biology, Stupid!
George Monbiot’s opening argument in a recent Oxford Union Debate , as part of the Oxford Farming Conference on meat, was quite ironic. In his opening argument he discussed the the massive amount of both soil and biodiversity loss, and then … Continue reading George Monbiot once again tilting at the wrong windmill.
“The whole problem with the world today is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts,” Bertrand Russell. Now that the film “What the Health” is on Netflix, I went … Continue reading What the Health, a [vegan] film review
Ranchers, who raise their animals outdoors on pasture, often find themselves attacked from two very different sides of what sometimes seems like a binary debate. (It isn’t). On one side, there’s an industry that wants to maintain an industrial system of production. This system of production has a lot of vested interests (meat packers, pharmaceutical companies, agro-chemical /seed companies) who want to maintain the status quo. On the complete opposite side is a very small, but vociferous, abolitionist vegan community that will use any rational or irrational argument to further their fundamentalist foodie jihad. When arguing against pastured based systems, … Continue reading A Measure of Make Believe?