“I’ve gone into this business with the objective of going bust due to lack of stock,” he says vehemently. “I would get so much satisfaction from getting rid of them.” Neither Gray nor Crayfish Bob think eating grey squirrels or signal crayfish would make a dent in their numbers – the species are here to stay, and their realistic concern is to level the ecological balance. The EU list 37 alien invasive species, including muntjack deer, Ruddy duck and Siberian chipmunk. Legally, the crayfish have to be controlled anyway, Ring reminds me, so are not being bred or killed primarily to be eaten. After he realised the scale of the problem, he founded the National Institute of Crayfish Trappers, and became Crayfish Bob, selling gumbos and crawfish boil. “I’ve had vegetarians come up to me and say: ‘What you are doing challenges all the reasons I became vegetarian.’ They see it as a way they can eat some fish.” … [Read more...] about A nice bit of squirrel: should we chow down a diet of invasive species?
Squirrel eats rat
Yet the evidence that our diets are the largest cause of climate change and biodiversity loss is now overwhelming. The global food system is responsible for up to 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, the livestock sector on its own accounting for about half of that total or 14.5%. The modern western way of eating is also making very large numbers of people fat and sick as other parts of the world adopt it. Diet-related diseases now cause roughly 11 million deaths a year as preventable cancers, heart disease and strokes, obesity and diabetes have spread along with our way of eating. More than 800 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished, and 2 billion suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, yet at the same time 2 billion are overweight or obese. In poorer counties you can even find obesity and stunting within the same family as calorie-heavy but nutrient-light processed industrialised foods are adopted. … [Read more...] about The way we eat is killing us – and the planet
As soon as we take grazing animals off grass and put them into a feedlot or confinement dairy, we have severed their link to the land. This means that we have now prevented nature from doing what she does best, which is utilise any “waste”, cycle and reuse nutrients, and balance the system. … [Read more...] about Should we stop eating meat? Not while humans are the real weapons of climate destruction
So if sustainable healthy diets don’t have to be complicated or costly, why don’t official food guidelines follow Michael Pollan’s advice? Well, one reason may be because there is not much profit in it. At least not for the players that currently have a big stake in the food market. If people stopped eating packaged foods, sugar or meat it would seriously affect the profits of some of the biggest global food corporations. It is worrying how much our dietary guidelines are informed by industry interests. A 2003 WHO expert report recommended that our daily intake of free sugars should be no more than 10% of total energy. Outcry and threats from the sugar industry meant the recommendation never made it into the WHO’s Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health. The newly released 2015 WHO guidelines at least do include the 10% restriction on sugar intake. Recently Sweden included sustainability in its dietary guidelines in the face of stiff criticism … [Read more...] about Eating less meat isn’t just good for you, it could save the planet
The crucial point is that obesity in both mother and child is not simply a matter of a shared environment in which both eat too many fatty foods, the forum argues. “An overweight mother will nurture a child in her womb that has raised glucose levels and who is more likely to be overweight in its own right,” said forum member and nutritionist Judy More of Plymouth University. … [Read more...] about Eating for two ‘increases risk of obesity in babies’