Thursday 12 October 2006

Sweet dilemma

Last April, Michael Pollan - author, among other books, of "The Botany of Desire", see this post - published a new book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma". It aims primarily at giving us more information about the food we eat, and the food we should eat. I would recommend the book very strongly, but my lack of knowledge in the field makes me a gullible critic and, as a Frenchman spending some time in the USA, all references to the "French paradox" by American journalists are bound to hit a soft spot...

yummy!+++not so yummy...


Tuesday 26 September 2006

Weeds 'R' us

French environmentalists were fighting the government over Nettles last week (see here), while I was reading The Botany of Desire, by Michael Pollan. This made me wonder whether weeds and pests could be considered as a very peculiar variety of domesticated species.


Sunday 3 September 2006

Is Diamond's worldview sustainable?

Ten years after "Guns, Germs and Steel" new pieces of evidence have shown up that challenge Jared Diamond's popular explanations of the downfall of native american empires, and the fate of Easter Island.


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