The Last 50 Miles

Well, here it is, the last half of “The 100-Mile Diet”, that book I started at the beginning of the semester, now sitting on my desk, dense and unappealing. I should be doing other things, writing papers, reading reviews, looking at literature, but instead I have to read the other half of this book. But…

Cows: More Than Meat Machines

Pollan M. 2006. The Omnivores Dilemma. The Penguin Press, New York, NY. 111-276 p. I’m going to level with you. I’ve never gotten my hands dirty working on a farm. I’ve never had to deal with a cow or horse being unruly, I have never had to wrangle chickens into a pen, and I certainly…

Ethneogens: Finding enlightenment through plants

Pollan M. 2002. The Botany of Desire. Random House. Toronto, Canada. 113-179p. Somewhere in the middle on the gradient between food and poison there exists a plant entity that encompasses both other functions, and more. This is the domain of the intoxicant: plants that alter our perception of pain, pleasure, time, and space. In chapter…

Prescribing Poisons

Hanson, T. 2015. The Triumph of Seeds. Basic Books, New York, USA. Chpt. 11. Poisons have been a tool of political power for millennia. Since the unfortunate execution of Socrates by water hemlock, plants and their metabolites have been exploited for their less than savoury health benefits in order to dispose of particularly radical individuals…