Perils of processed food

Perils of processed food

  My son is travelling around Asia on a gap year. On one overnight bus journey he found himself sitting next to an ecologist studying the impact of the cassava industry on the environment. This was new to me, so I dug into it. I discovered that cassava root is a...
Protecting our peatlands

Protecting our peatlands

The National Trust is reducing the use of mushrooms in many of its cafes and restaurants. I was bemused by this, until I learned that most mushrooms for sale in the UK are grown in peat. With this fact in mind, the NT’s position makes sense, given it was one of the...
OCCAM’S KNIFE

OCCAM’S KNIFE

We’re at that stage in human lifeWhen we must pause to scan our fate,Refining thoughts with Occam’s knife.  The hour glass empties, greed is rife,We must act now, it’s not too late -We’re at that stage in human life. We’ll search for...
March Insect apocalypse

March Insect apocalypse

I recently saw my first bee of the year, tempted out of hibernation by a sunny day. With little food and the temperature set to plummet overnight, I wondered about its fate. I’ve written about insects before, but every time I read about their steep decline I’m moved...
Afterwards

Afterwards

When the last human being has gone And the planet is free of their kind What will then happen? Will wounds heal and damage disappear? Will wild storms cease and ice refreeze At the Poles?  Will fires and floods go away? Will evolution try again, as our poisons fade?...