Farm to Plate vs. Spear to Plate?

  Diamond J. 1997. Guns, Germs and Steel: The fates of human societies. Norton. New York, United States. Chapters 4,5,6 and 8. What a long day. Starting from 8:30 this morning, I drove to the university, prepared a culture for growth throughout the day, then managed to sit here and wait for the culture to get…

A Dependency Driven by Defecants

    Pollan M. 2002. The Botany of Desire. Random House. Toronto, Canada. xxiii – xxv p. More readings, there’s always more readings for this course. This time, as I sit here in front of my laptop, book in hand and ready to pore over (read as skim), this next set of chapters from Michael…

Sowing the Seeds of Salvation

    Hanson, T. 2015. The Triumph of Seeds. Basic Books, New York, USA. The advent of seeds was certainly one of the most important evolutionary events in the whole history of plants. Thor Hanson, the author of the book, “The Triumph of Seeds” makes this readily apparent in the few passages that were assigned…

Eating Locally and Biodiversity

  Smith A, MacKinnon J.B. 2007. The 100-Mile Diet. Vintage Canada, Toronto, Ontario. The first half of this particular book (The 100-Mile Diet) discusses the challenging endeavour undertaken by the two authors, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon; to try to eat as locally as possible for one year. Throughout the first half of this book,…