This Thursday, many people in the US will celebrate Thanksgiving, commemorating the English invasion of a country that already belonged to somebody else. Tradition has it that in the 17th century, invaders (for dramatic effect, I shall here refer to them as pilgrims) arrived on the continent of America as religious refugees seeking a peaceful life. … Continue reading Thanksgiving & Landgrabbing
It is the subject that has been on everybody's jaw-dropped lips this week as the United States of America has announced that their new president-elect is to be Donald Trump. The presidential campaign has been like no other before, causing endless discussions, furrowed brows and brain racking in pubs, offices, cafés and dining rooms the … Continue reading Has the sustainable food movement been trumped?
Animals have been farmed for some 12,000 years, dragging humankind out of the Stone Age and kick-starting the Neolithic Revolution. During this time, the question of eating meat has, until recently, remained more or less unperturbed in the West. However, in more recent decades, more and more people are beginning to challenge whether or not … Continue reading Live and Let Livestock
The term 'Nature' and its associated values have implied a wide variety of meanings across time and space. According to the Oxford dictionary, ‘nature’ can refer to: the physical world and its internal systems and features “as opposed to humans or human creations”, the physical forces that work in this material environment, as well as “innate … Continue reading Concepts of Nature