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?
(Originally published May 30, 2016 on Examiner.com). “In effect, everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Roger Sessions paraphrasing Albert Einstein “The stupidity of man comes from having the answers. The wisdom comes from having the … Continue reading UCLA Science and Food discussion on restaurant GHG emissions
(Originally published November 8, 2012 on Examiner.com). “Oh, you’re an actor? Wow, really? Which restaurant?” For Adam Gertler the response to this joke is a bit more involved and still evolving. Currently best known as the Food Network personality from ‘Will … Continue reading LA Chef Adam Gertler