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I find the ways we define ourselves by what we eat fascinating.  We do this project of self-definition both through what we DO eat and what we refuse to eat.  In Martin Jones’ fascinating book _Feast: Why Humans Share Food_, he observes that our taboos about food can be so powerful that they are actively…

How To Kill a Plant

After all, we’ve already figured out how to kill a human being. All you need are trillions of dollars, the willingness to sacrifice the lives of countless civilians and military personnel, and a total disregard for natural resource consumption, and hey, after a decade or so, you can kill a guy. Am I sorry he’s…

Kurt Cobb has a very funny essay that argues that plants and animals have joined with the climate denialists to bring about the better for them “World Without Us”: The reversal of strategy began when domestic cats and dogs watched the Life After People series on The History Channel along with their putative owners. The…