Category «Winter 2020»

Environmental NGOs think the new EU Common Agriculture Policy is a Disaster

By James O’Donovan The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), fund the animal agriculture and fishing industries.  Together these are the biggest drivers of ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, soil erosion, water pollution and ultimately poor human health outcomes in the EU. Earlier this year, 3,600 scientists published a paper outlining the ten …

The Carbon Opportunity Cost of Animal-Sourced Food Production on Land

Matthew N. Hayek, Helen Harwatt, William J. Ripple, and Nathaniel D. Mueller, September 2020. Extracts from the above titled Research Paper by James O’Donovan. Extensive land uses to meet dietary preferences incur a ‘carbon opportunity cost’ given the potential for carbon sequestration through ecosystem restoration. Here we map the magnitude of this opportunity, finding that …

Rethinking Food and Agriculture

Book Review by James O’Donovan The book ‘Rethinking Food and Agriculture is edited by Laila Kassam (Animal Think Tank) and Amir Kassam (University of Reading) with chapters from a range of academics and activists.  The book highlights the urgent need to ‘rethink’ the food and agriculture system and highlights ‘new ways forward’, including alternative paradigms …

Going Zero Waste

By Bronwyn Slater I’ve had an interest in self-sufficiency and off-grid living now for many years, so recently I decided to go zero waste.  While I’m delighted to see so many new vegan products appearing on the supermarket shelves, I’ve grown weary of the plastic packaging they come in.  Images of oceans full of plastic …

WWF Living Planet Report sends an SOS for Nature as Scientists warn Wildlife is in Freefall

WWF Press Release Global wildlife is in freefall, warned WWF, as its flagship Living Planet Report 2020 reveals population sizes of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles have fallen an average of 68 per cent globally since 1970 – more than two thirds in less than 50 years. Nature is being destroyed by humans at a rate never seen before, and this catastrophic decline is showing no signs of slowing, the study says.  …