Category: Vegetarian

George Monbiot: If you must eat meat, save it for Christmas

From chickens pumped with antibiotics to the environmental devastation caused by production, we need to realise we are not fed with happy farm animals

Ian Sinclair: Can in-vitro meat save the world?

“£200,000 test-tube burger marks milestone in future meat-eating”, proclaimed The Guardian. “Could in-vitro meat save the world?”, asked Bioedge, a website dedicated to bioethical issues. The answer could well be yes, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who said "It will reduce carbon emissions, conserve water and make the food supply safer." Read more…

Ian Sinclair: Documentary review: Forks Over Knives directed by Lee Fulkerson

A US documentary made for the mainstream, Forks Over Knives begins by presenting statistics that highlight the health crisis currently facing the US: 40 percent of Americans are obese, with around half taking prescription drugs of one kind or another. This post-war increase in obesity has come with the attendant health problems of diabetes, heart Read more…

Richard Kuper: A Cagey Business

Jonathan Safran Foer is the successful author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005) and Everything is Illuminated (2002). In his most recent book, Eating Animals, he turns to non-fiction. Michael Pollan's, The Omnivore’s Dilemma is slightly older and was first published in 2006. Both give unflinching accounts of factory farming and the alternatives to it but in somewhat different ways. Read more…

John Sanbonmatsu: “Blood and Soil”: Lierre Keith, Michael Pollan, and the Trouble with Locavore Politics

Until very recently, the terms of what we might call human species right – the perceived, autogenous Recht of our species to appropriate, exploit, torment, and kill other sentient beings for any and all purposes, forever – were seen as natural and immutable, and so went unquestioned. In the late 20th-century, however, an international social Read more…

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