Monthly Archives: September 2011

Look Before you Eat

A review of: Bee Wilson. 2008. Swindled. From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee – The Dark History of the Food Cheats.  John Murray If you’re looking for a way to lose weight, many of the hideous and frightening examples of … Continue reading

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After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

A review of: Giles MacDonogh.  2007. After the Reich. The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation. Basic Books. “By May 7, 1945 at least 1,800,000 German civilians had perished and 3,600,000 homes had been destroyed (20% of total), leaving 7.5 … Continue reading

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Getting in Touch With Your Inner Neanderthal

A review of: Gregory Cochran and Henry Harpending. 2009. “The 10,000 Year Explosion. How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution”. Basic Books. This book makes the astounding claim that our evolution has sped up 100 times faster in the past 10,000 years … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.

 Alice Friedemann’s book review of:  Julie Guthman. 2004. Agrarian Dreams.  The Paradox of Organic Farming in California.  University of California Press. Introduction Guthman writes brilliantly and has important insights about organic agriculture.  If you’re interested in how food is grown … Continue reading

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The nine boundaries we must not cross — or we may go extinct

[ Although everyone focuses on climate change there are 8 other destructive boundaries to be avoided as well. We’ve crossed three already: climate change, biodiversity loss, and the global nitrogen cycle.  The other six are ocean acidification, chemical pollution, atmospheric … Continue reading

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Summary of German Armed Forces Peak Oil Study

BTC. November 2010. Armed Forces, Capabilities and Technologies in the 21st Century Environmental Dimensions of Security. Sub-study 1. Peak oil security policy implications of scarce resources. Bundeswehr Transformation Centre, Future Analysis Branch.  112 pages. [This is my summary of the … Continue reading

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