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The panel at VegFestUK was really funny, but …
Annoyingly, both the main and backup recordings failed. So if you managed to catch the episode live in London, your memory is the only place it lives. (That, and a recording of my chat with Kerry McCarthy that her friend Richard recorded.) more
Posted 10 years ago Tagged WSPA RSPO Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Robert Goodland Palm oil Orangutan Miskin Porno World Society for the Protection of Animals Veganism Vegan Margarine Sumatra Ms Cupcake CSPO Centre for Orangutan Protection Boulder Brands Eric Lambin Kerry Foods Malaysia Kerry McCarthy Indonesia Borneo
Palm oil is everywhere – from cooking oil to soap to vegan margarine. Equatorial rainforest and peatland are cleared and replaced with serried ranks of oil palm trees (Elaeis guineensis). The whole biodiversity of Borneo and Sumatra is threatened by habitat loss, particularly the iconic Orang Utans.
Some vegan activists say no product that kills this many animals can be considered vegan.
But is palm oil really worse than anything else? Can poor countries like Malaysia and Indonesia develop without it? Is there a sustainable solution?
Environmentalist Catherine Laurence helps disentangle the thicket of issues.
Hear academic experts Eric Lambin and Robert Greenland; vegan baker Ms Cupcake; primatologist Georgina Ash; vegan MP Kerry McCarthy; the boss of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and vegan Indonesian palm oil activist and Miskin Porno lead singer Daniek Hendarto. more
The research I did for the Palm Oil show confirmed for me that if we care about the forests then (as well as being vegan, with our much-reduced forest footprint) there are some important steps we can take as individuals to make sure we’re part of the solution.
The most direct way to reduce our own contribution to the oil palm problem is to find products that don’t use its derivatives as far as possible. This will take pressure off overall demand for expansion while the industry moves towards better practices. more
On the day that the BBC announces a new star of Doctor Who, here is the full extended edit of the Doctor Who sketch from the episode “Science Fiction and Animals”. And now I shall get back to work on the Palm Oil episode.… more
Posted 11 years ago Tagged Science fiction Percy Bysshe Shelley Veganism Victor Frankenstein Star Trek Twighlight Zone To Serve Man Critical Animal Studies Doctor Who Animal Studies English Literature Mary Shelley Frankenstein HG Wells H. G. Wells
From Jonathan Swift’s talking horses to Star Trek’s Vulcans, and from HG Wells to Doctor Who, science fiction has tackled the big questions about our relationship with other animals.
Join the experts who work at the junction of literary criticism and animal studies to discover the themes in famous books, film, and TV – as well as the cult sci-fi stories that wrestle with food ethics, the boundaries of humanity, and alternative ways of living. more