"Don't shoot the messenger " is George Monbiot's response to the criticism of #ApocalypseCow — his new documentary that argues lab-grown meat will destroy farming and save the planet. The wheels are already in motion, it seems. New technologies that will replace farmers have arrived in the “nick of time”.
We take it for granted that factory farms will (eventually) disappear. After all, no one is really for factory farms. Animal rights activists and environmentalists certainly aren't. Neither are farmers, nor the general public. We all have our differences, but unless we put them aside and make these horror houses priority number one, factory farms here to stay, spread, and dominate.
With Wall Street's backing, confidence in plant-based burgers is $ky-high — just look at that soaring stock price! You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief as Silicon Valley’s darling of miracle meats — Beyond Meat — burst…
The 2018 Dwayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto trial marks the world’s first-ever court case over claims Monsanto's Roundup herbicide causes cancer. In this groundbreaking case, Lee Johnson, a father of three and former school groundskeeper, alleges that his exposure to Monsanto's weedkiller gave him cancer.
Thousands of similar legal cases are awaiting trial in 2019. Is this Monsanto’s 'Big Tobacco' moment?
Occupying more than three quarters of arable land, annual crops such as wheat, maize and rice have come to replace the biodiverse, resilient, ancient mixture of perennial plants that once reigned supreme on the earth's surface.
Perennial plants are plants whose life cycle lasts more than one year (from seed to bloom to seed). There are many different types, including perennial grasses, shrubs, trees, grains and legumes. They are often defined in opposition to annuals which are plants ‘planted from seed, grow to maturity, produce seed or fruit and then die, all in one year’.
Some perennial species retain their…
The Changemaker term is as idealised as it is paralysing. No one should still be under any illusion that the challenges we face are systemic; they are global in nature and unsolvable by any one individual alone. Yet we continue to focus overwhelmingly on individuals; idolising a select few that have, against all odds, changed the world.
Heroes can undoubtedly inspire millions to make positive changes. But by labelling oneself — or others — as 'changemakers', we are too often shifting collective responsibility on to the shoulders of a select few. Naturally, we can't all be Changemakers; that would make…
Imagine if the weather was your boss. At times, forgiving, even kind; other times, unpredictable and merciless. Appearing as rain, she chooses on a given month or year to be your best friend or your worst enemy — boosting productivity or battering your business. In the form of frost, she may strike far too soon or much too late and cripple cash flows, ridiculing the very idea of what seasons are supposed to be for. Let’s just say that this boss likes to keep you on your toes. …
Fair food sustains the people growing it, handling it and eating it, and is fair for the planet and its precious resources.
Decades of political mobilisation, organising and persistence in championing the rights of peasants, spearheaded by La Via Campesina, culminated on September 28, 2018 with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas.
The declaration, which will be up for vote and adoption by all United Nations Member States in New York in November, recognises a fundamental reality often ignored in food security debates:
peasants have and will continue to be central actors in the fight against hunger and malnutrition and the realisation of a regenerative, just and lasting food system.
I live in Paris: the sentimental capital of gastronomy. Or so they say. A food lover’s paradise. Yet for all that Paris has to give, for all the tastes and all the glory, how much of what it has to offer is, in fact, ‘Parisian’?
After interviewing best-selling author J.B. Mackinnon of the 100-Mile Diet for the For Food’s Sake podcast last week, I got thinking. What would a Parisian 100-mile diet look like?
For 7 days, eat only food produced within a 100 mile radius of where I live. No exceptions. For starters, that means no condiments, no sugar…
Yep, you read that right. Bear with me.
Liberals laughed at the prospect of Trump in the White House. They stigmatised, ridiculed, and scorned those supporting or sympathising with Trump’s message. A political strategy of shaming Trump supporters backfired, and helped get him elected.
Vegans too have gained a reputation for stigmatising, ridiculing, and scorning meat and dairy eaters. Ex-vegans are particularly lambasted for choosing to return to a diet containing meat. Vegan ‘militant’ hostility (by a minority) alienates conscious consumers, concerned vegetarians, and other vegans. It tarnishes the reputation of all plant-focused dietary movements.
Sustainable food enthusiast, environmentalist & lifelong learner