This blog started out as a curation site for articles related to ethical veganism and environmental ethics, but I guess it all just got too much for me and the site has now evolved into what I see as a chronicle of the fall of human civilisation.
Having been concerned about the Earth, the environment and how we treat fellow earthlings for over 40 years, but not seeing any changes in our human-centric viewpoint or behaviour, in fact things things seem to be getting worse, I see this blog now as a pointer to where things are inevitably heading, and it feels cathartic to get these thoughts out in the open.
I recently renamed the site to “veganarchist.uk” – based on joining “vegan” and “anarchist” – I’m not sure I really am an anarchist (I’m definitely vegan tho LOL), but the anarchist moniker seems to cover some of the ways I feel about the world – other words I might have used are subversive, heretic, maverick – basically rebelling against our current societal, cultural and governmental systems. This has led to me recently learning about “anti-civ”, something I intend to write more on.
- First “Meat is…” project item posted - I finally got around to producing the first post for a project that has been on my to do list for over 3 years. “Meat is…” is a vegan art project aiming to raise awareness of some of the consequences of meat production. The original idea was to base the project on the “Love Is…”… Read More First “Meat is…” project item posted
- Why Regenerative Agriculture Doesn’t Need Cows - Excellent article by Nassim Nobari in Counterpunch explaining why its the millions of micro-organisms in the soil that maintain soil health and lead to healthy plants rather than requiring grazing animals, as many regenerative agriculture advocates insist. “Dr Amir Kassam closed his talk by bringing attention to the fact that he had not mentioned farmed… Read More Why Regenerative Agriculture Doesn’t Need Cows
- Planet Friendly Foods: LOCAL BEEF VS. IMPORTED BEANS: WHICH IS BETTER FOR THE PLANET? - “Carter adds that ‘eat local’ trends, such as the 100 Mile Diet, are not supported by any environmental research. Instead, he cites the work of top environmental researchers, Joseph Poore and Thomas Nemecek, who in 2018 conducted a study of 40,000 commercial farms across 119 countries, representing 90% of all food products. “They concluded that… Read More Planet Friendly Foods: LOCAL BEEF VS. IMPORTED BEANS: WHICH IS BETTER FOR THE PLANET?
- The Economics of Veganism (Medium) - This article on Medium “The Economics of Veganism” summarises the findings of a 2016 study by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, published by PNAS, which researched the health and climate benefits of dietary change.
- Vegan Gardening Guide - An article I wrote for Vegan Directory UK about gardening without using animal inputs. Original article here: https://vegandirectory.uk/2020/04/07/vegan-gardening-guide/
- Self-Sufficiency in the UK - I heard this on Radio 4 (can’t remember which programme it was): 55% of farmland in the UK is used to grow feed for farmed animals, a highly inefficient way of producing food. If we were plant-based, the UK could be self-sufficient for food. According to Global Food Security UK: The UK is not self-sufficient… Read More Self-Sufficiency in the UK
- The Ahuman Manifesto - Today in Cambridge professor of continental philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University, Patricia MacCormack, launched her book The Ahuman Manifesto: Activism for the End of the Anthropocene. In the book she argues that the only solution to climate change is to let the human race become extinct. Professor MacCormack touches on subjects such as religion, identity politics,… Read More The Ahuman Manifesto
- Civilisation is Driving Ecocide - In an article published by Macska Moksha Press, Kollibri terre Sonnenblume puts forward the argument that it’s not (just) capitalism that is causing mass damage to the Earth, but human civilisation itself. And this subtle distinction is important because it means that solutions, and indeed blame, does not become politically framed as a “left-vs-right”, capiltaism… Read More Civilisation is Driving Ecocide
- The Best Wildflowers for Wild Bees - The research paper “The Best Wildflowers for Wild Bees” published in the December 2019 edition of the Journal of Insect Conservation looks at the wildflower mixes available in Governmental agri-environment schemes (AES) aimed at improving pollinator abundance and diversity. The researchers found that the wildflowers in such mixes were not particularly great for wild bees, and suggests… Read More The Best Wildflowers for Wild Bees
- Meat’s link to World Hunger - This article first appeared on the website of the Woodstock Sanctuary in 2013: Of the world’s nearly 6.8 billion humans, almost 1 billion people are malnourished, and 6 million children starve to death every year. Feeding half the world’s grain crop (1) to animals raised for food instead of directly to humans is not only… Read More Meat’s link to World Hunger