Okay so let’s get this straight in George Monbiot’s techno-optimistic scenario…. proteins and carbs are created via precision fermentation in brewing tanks requiring infrastructure, blue water and energy. These proteins and carbs (plus some additional minerals, antibiotics and growth factor) … Continue reading Techno-optimism run amok… George Monbiot’s latest delusion
Growing up north of Chicago with family in Southern Illinois, as a child, meant many hours spent being driven down state and back upstate gazing at miles and miles of soybean fields for as far as the eye could see. … Continue reading Soy 101
Many (not all) vegans tend to repeatedly make two false claims: B12 is routinely given to cattle Soil is a primary source of B12. Sadly, these false claims have become new “truths” in much of the vegansphere. So it came … Continue reading To B12 or to not to B12: Cobalt & cobalamin
Here’s we go again. so-called nutritional “scientists” and doctors are out there using relative risk to fear monger against eating red and processed meat. They’re more vociferous than usual since their weak science has been called out for what it … Continue reading The relative risk con game
A friend recently emailed me the following question: Is there a limit to how much carbon soil can hold which then prevents the kind of sequestration that would be needed to reverse climate change? Or, in other words, does soil … Continue reading Soil carbon saturation: Myth or reality?
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, 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?
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?