Part of my research includes the collection of different perspectives of nutritional health and welfare from different kinds of people. Though I work primarily with “modern” American farmers and veterinarians, I’m always interested in what different cultural groups have to say about human and animal health. When I was completing my Master’s degree, for example, … Continue reading Reflections from Amish 2016
One-woman blogs are difficult to maintain. I started this blog primarily to share some fun ideas about food and farming and as an outlet to work on my writing. If you are a follower and have been wondering where the heck I’ve been, I’ve found different writing outlets and different spaces to share work since … Continue reading Where’s the beef? (or, where have the food blogs gone?)
Producing an animal history is a tricky endeavor. It is sometimes very difficult to find animals in historical archives – and if they are there they are often left anonymous and passive. Animals only make the archive when they are written about by humans, and as someone interested in producing a history of animals I often … Continue reading Writing about Gigi
Dogs have been the ultimate animal companion to humans for thousands of years. Dogs are said to be the first animal domesticated by humans, well before cows, goats, or sheep. Anthropologists argue that dogs were used by early hunter-gatherers, with the divergence of “dogs” from “wolves” thought to occur sometime around 35,000 years ago. The … Continue reading Vegan Dogs
A few weeks ago, I received this Facebook message from a good friend of mine: “I saw a video about dairy industries, I knew [about] most things, but they are horrible… I sent it to you just if you want to talk about some of them some time… you are the person who know[s] more … Continue reading Applying human rights to food animal bodies: A problem of perspective?
For those still hiding in an underground burrow after the “big snow” last week, you may not have known that yesterday was Groundhog Day. Every February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil (the Pennsylvania groundhog) emerges from his den and his Inner Circle of humans interpret his weather prediction for the weeks to come. Phil can either announce … Continue reading Candlemas and Furry Weathermen
Public comment dockets have become an interesting space for policy makers and the public to engage in conversations with one another about various issues in public health. The ever-developing internet has allowed dockets to take on a life of their own – public comments submitted in almost a blog post format for perusal. If you … Continue reading Defining Natural