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Living With Micro-livestock Production II

Originally posted on Living With Insects Blog:
American Cockroaches Photo: Purdue Extension Feeding the population of the future will require more food than is currently produced on earth, especially new protein sources. Thoughts turn to insects (or “Micro-livestock“) as food.…

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Tree of the month: Willow

This photograph of willow leaves, provided to the Centre for Biosciences Imagebank by Prof Paul F. Brain at the University of Wales, Swansea, illustrates an instalment in my Tree of the Month series. I base this series (‘ogham’ tag) loosely … Continue reading

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Misuse of antibiotics and ‘factory farming’ of animals: Alarm bells sound

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
‘The Spoonful of Milk’ by Marc Chagall, 1912 (via WikiPaintings). ‘. . . It is estimated that about 70% of the world’s antibiotics are fed to farm animals: the precise amount used in agriculture is…

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Stinging nettles

Originally posted on changinglifestyleblog:
Weed of the week Stinging Nettles Urtica dioica.

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Genetic modification: a good way forward or a bad way to fail?

What’s the problem with genetically modified (GM) crops? Or with GM livestock, GM bacteria, GM anything outside the lab? GM let loose in fields, in water, in the air? As you know I’ve done GM in labs. To borrow a … Continue reading

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Swaddling clothes, gold, frankincense and myrrh

Myths about the birth of Jesus say that ‘three wise men’ visited him as he lay, ‘wrapped in swaddling clothes,’ in a manger in Bethlehem. The myths say that the wise men gave him ‘gold, frankincense and myrrh’. Swaddling means … Continue reading

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Mistletoe

At this time of year in Britain, people hang branches of mistletoe and kiss each other under them. At other times, most people barely look at this semi-parasitic plant but it’s there. It grows on trees and takes nutrients from … Continue reading

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