A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over the following months. He continues to pursue his love of nature but, now blind in one eye, he is confined to studying creatures that are easy to see: insects. He grows to become the global authority on ants, and in later life is given the moniker ‘the father of biodiversity’.
The summer here in Burgundy has been hot, and dry. We have had no significant rain since May, and even now, as September winds down towards October, there is not a cloud in the sky and the daytime temperatures reach 30ºc.
Ruminating on cattle, grazing systems, methane, nitrous oxide, the soil carbon sequestration question – and what it all means for greenhouse gas emissions.
At the back of the house there is a room that originally would have been the ‘summer kitchen’. It would have had a sink, a dirt floor, a fire or oven, little else. It would have been used for cooking in the hot, dry summer months as a way of keeping the main house cool.
As a young commis chef I was confident in my attitude to meat. Cheerfully elbow-deep in minced lambs’ hearts and livers, or distractedly picking fish scales from my eyebrows after a session of cleaning mackerel, I knew where these soft,…
After a twenty-year period in which famine had become all but a distant memory, starving people in several countries around the world began making headlines again over the last year. As reported in Political Geography, if political action doesn’t alter this course the world could be headed into a ‘fifth period’ of famine, warns Elsevier Atlas Award winner Alex de Waal, Executive Director at the World Peace Foundation in Somerville, MA, US. He warns that famine almost always has multiple causes; political factors are chief among them.
To really do something about our massive overconsumption of water, we should limit the strain we put on rivers and freshwater basins. Information on the water use of our products should be transparent and clear. And in the end, individual citizens would have to change their lifestyle fundamentally. Taking shorter showers simply is not enough.
Cab Davidson is a trained microbiologist, a maker of holograms, and a self-confessed cheapskate. He forages, grows vegetables and fruits, makes soaps and jams, all in an attempt to avoid shopping. In a guest article, he explores how many of us have become the new peasant class, how we may escape little-by-little, and gardening as civil disobedience. How do the things we talk about in Locavore translate to everyday life?
In a guest column for Locavore, Tracy Worcester, founder of Farms Not Factories, explains why she started campaigning for high welfare pig farming and how by using the power of the purse we can close down inhumane and dangerous factory farms.
A new Master’s thesis shows that a renewable wind and solar energy solution can cut emissions by 50 per cent and at the same time increase profitability.