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The Black Rabbit and Permaculture

I have been very quiet on my blog lately, as I was totally absorbed by my garden. It is the first time in many years I am living in a home with a real garden where I can grow my … Continue reading

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Sunday Paper – New Years’ edition

The Best Dishes of 2010 – NYTimes.com – The 15 best things The Times’s restaurant critic ate in New York City in 2010. Enjoy! Iraq Encounter – Watching a Faith Healer at Work – NYTimes.com : Patient-focused treatment impresses an … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world: where angels fear to thread (final part of a series)

I am sitting on a terrace in the shade of a vine in the South of France invited by some friends. Not the kind of like-minded buddies we mistake for friends, but the kind of neighbors you know you can … Continue reading

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Farming systems: from exploitation to stewardship and back; ethical eating in a diverse world (part 6 of a series)

Farming system analysis is at the core to what food really is. It describes the ecology of men in  nature, or the place of nature in the human environment. This is why this chapter is central in our series. As … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world; cultural idendity and food: from nuclear family to feasting on diversity (Part 5 of a series)

The cultural identity is based on the biology, but tastes better. Answering the question “what do we eat” is central to our omnivorous identity, unknown by herbivores nor carnivores, as they just eat the same every day. The major cuisines … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world; the taboo: to define identity by exclusion (part 4 of a series)

There might be as many taboos as people A taboo food is a food from which people abstain for cultural or religious reasons. As the common meal is an important way to share common humanity, the food taboo is an … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world: at the table (part 3 of a series)

Dining together to create a common identity and as an educational tool Dining together, is an important community-building institution. Extended family and community are less defined by bloodlines than by sharing a meal on a regular basis or on special … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world: our biological identity is cooked (part 2 of a series)

The cooking hunter-gatherer Humans should not return to their “cave man diet” to be healthy. What a creature eats in the wild is not necessarily the best option. In the wild, the full potential of a species cannot be developed … Continue reading

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Ethical eating in a diverse world: an introduction

The relationship to food is at the heart of the culture which we learn from our parents. Eating is–with its do’s and don’ts and its daily rituals–a central cultural institution like literature, songs, architecture, or music.  Since eating has been … Continue reading

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