Really interesting interview, thank you Lilou. A thought: I find it frustrating when sperm is referred to as 'seed'. Seed is a fertilised plant ovule, a complete plant in potential, but sperm is not fertilized and requires an egg. It is like pollen. Eggs contain 50% of the information needed to form a new being PLUS the mitochondrial DNA, yet are never referred to as seed. It goes back to the beliefs of some historical churchmen who wrote how males create life, produce the tiny embryos ready to implant into the mere 'furrowed earth' of the woman's womb to grow, like seeds. I suppose this helped justify the preaching about a male creator god...Eggs and sperm are 'half seeds'. Ovaries and testicles are areas of generation and creation. Yes, we all have femininity and masculinity, we are creators, and it would be great if this was acknowledged in childhood, instead of the strict divisions enforced, based on gender, from birth onward.
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Has abiotic oil been disproved, or are we just told that the oil reserves are running out in order for prices to go up? Yes, fossil fuels are dirty, polluting stuff that's hard to control, but how do we make sure we're being told the truth? Independence: YES! It has to be a start for massive change!
I've often heard people mention the "all humanity could live on Australia" research, Max Igan being the first I think. Is there a reliable link to how it was calculated? I have several questions about it, e.g.- I'd like to know if the research took into account all the uninhabitable areas of the Earth, and area for hospitals and other social facilities that most people need.
What's your take on the stance that unfermented soy(a) products are bad for health? (Aside from that fact that most of them are GMOs in America, at least).
I watched the documentary 'A Delicate Balance' the other day, and, although I'm not 100% convinced of everything it says (especially since it agreed with Al Gore), it really did make me want to go from vegetarian to vegan. P.s.- IMO 'Human Family' resonates better than 'Brotherhood of Man'.
What I've come to understand: The sun drives changes in Earth's climate. A Co2 rise follows temperature rise, rather than causes it. Co2 levels have been much higher in the past (pre-human) and plants love it, making more oxygen and storing the Co2 in their structures... species proliferate >> carbon sequestration >> cyclical climate changes: some sudden, some gradual - correlating with sun activity. Of course, pollution does us harm, and we need to work with the planet's ecosystems and feedback mechanisms, not against them. Co2 is not a pollutant, we all breathe it and plants need it (also, methane is a much stronger 'warming' gas than co2, but we're still taxed for carbon, not methane, contribution! It's a nonsense). Warming has and will keep happening, as will cooling, regardless of human existence. There are agendas at work, e.g.- we all pay an extra fee to our utility provider as a carbon 'penalty'... will that really help!? It doesn't help the poor keep warm. We need a structural change in clean energy creation and distribution. All this said, my mind is critical but open to new, unbiased, convincing information.
On the train to London this week I saw quite a lot of food-bearing trees and bushes along the railway line: apples, plums, blackberries etc., and all inaccessible to humans. In towns and cities you see lots of ornamental planting in public places, but never with anything edible (except sometimes for the birds), but you do see lots of hungry people, some diving into bins for food... Surely there is something wrong with this picture? Also - evolution: it is not linear, it is like a huge tree branching off in all directions, otherwise there would only be one species. Primates are our genetic cousins, not what we evolved 'from'.
Hemp plants and fibres could save us, if it was allowed to.
The purple flower looks like a Corncockle to me.
Parents hysterically proud and excited about their child working in McDonalds? Very realistic, and so relevant to the potential customer of said establishment, aherm! What Russell said about how ads distract us from any truth about the product they're selling made me think of this video about food marketing (apologies if someone has already mentioned it) eTalks - The Secrets of Food Marketing