No, I don’t respect the outcome of the EU referendum

In the last 36 hours, many people I know have passed through the various stages of the Kübler-Ross model of grief (denial, anger, bargaining etc.) in the wake of the EU referendum. Most of them now seem to be reaching stage five, acceptance: “I’m not happy with the result of this referendum, but the people have spoken, that’s democracy, I respect and I accept it.”

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George Monbiot on Britain’s national parks

I love George Monbiot.

I mentioned in a recent post that I saw him speak about rewilding in Penrith a couple of weeks ago. In that talk he referenced a lecture that he gave to the UK National Parks conference. The gist of his lecture was that the UK’s national parks should be redesignated as ecological disaster zones.

Much of what I saw him speak about was included, in abbreviated form, in his lecture to the conference. Fortunately, that talk was recorded. And here it is.

Cover photo, Still Standing by Steve Calcott on Flickr, from Dartmoor National Park.

Robb Wolf, mental illness, and the bollocks du jour

Just as I was dosing off a few weeks back, my brother mentioned that Robb Wolf (messiah of the paleo diet’s disciples) had tweeted about how vegan diets were linked to mental disorders.1

He read the tweet out to me. At first, I wasn’t particularly concerned about the actual link. I’m very sceptical of the technique used by so many newspapers and link-bait websites whereby a study has arisen about how x gives you cancer, or why you should start drinking more of y because it means you won’t get Alzheimer’s. The reasons for being sceptical are outlined beautifully in the article, broccoli is bad for you.

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The myth of fish oil and the ‘Eskimo diet’

After discussing veganism with some friends yesterday, the suggestion that inuit diets were the best for preventing heart disease etc came up. I didn’t really know much about it, so I looked it up when I got home, only to discover it’s a myth based on a discredited study from the 70s. Bizarrely though, the fact that it was debunked doesn’t seem to have stopped the craze for fish oil supplements.

Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.

– Jonathan Swift


Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr