Date archives "August 2011"

Would You Eat Less Meat?

My diet is probably around 90% vegetarian nowadays because I eat cereal for breakfast, fruit and granola bars for lunch and some kind of vegetarian option for dinner. I don’t cook any meat at home and probably eat chicken once or twice a week and beef maybe once a month.

I find the argument that we eat too much meat to be quite persuasive, from a environmental point of view, food security point of view, human health point of view and animal rights point of view. We grow grains in fields for the purpose of feeding the animals and then put the animals in another field all of which means there is less acreage given to growing food for humans. The conditions of the factory farms can probably be described as appalling at best and the recent scandal in Indonesia over the way they treated their imported cattle is likely to be replicated the world over to varying degrees.

That said, I can never see myself switching over to being a full blown veggie but I can definitely see myself continuing my mostly vegetarian diet. The link below is to an article by a celebrity chef who was always pro-meat but after 18 months is now saying we eat far too much of it and it’s not good for our bodies, our animals or our environment.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: the joy of veg | Life and style | The Guardian
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: the joy of veg | Life and style | The Guardianhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/26/hugh-fearnley-whittingstall-vegetablesLet me be clear: I have not become a vegetarian, nor do I think I ever will. So the dialogue I’m keen to begin with other meat-eaters is not about vegetarianism, it’s about…

Dino Lizard Comes To Town

This is actually an Indian chameleon, notice how the legs have changed colour to match the colour of the branch

Ugandan Engineer Dreams of Sending Astronaut To Space

I wonder whether he’s going to put his money where his mouth is and be on the maiden space flight like Richard Branson will. It seems easy to mock, but I guess even when the Germans first tested their rockets they had to start from somewhere and didn’t have books and data tables to refer to. They are training hard for the lift off by learning how to calculate the distance between planets, not sure how that relates to sending a vehicle in to orbit but if it gets people interested in aerospace engineering it can’t be a bad thing. Still, I can’t help but think it would go the same way as Top Gear’s rocket car.

BBC News - African space research: Dreaming of a manned shuttle
BBC News – African space research: Dreaming of a manned shuttlehttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/9573163.stmBut it still seems like quite an achievement and if this hadn’t been a space programme I’d have been pretty impressed. Chris believes that if his team is successful, this will…

New Chennai Airport

Check out the new Chennai airport that is being developed at the moment. Looks like it will be a huge improvement on the current building which is looking a bit old and crusty now – it was built over 20 years ago way before air travel exploded and businesses started invading India. The bit about the ‘green airport’ made me smile though, apparently a few plants makes the airport ‘green’. I wonder if Greenpeace would agree!

A Little Squee!

So small and still hasn’t learned to be afraid of humans. Cats in India are VERY scared of humans.