One Fifth of China’s Soil Contaminated

The title of this post says it all. China's Environmental Protection Ministry has released a report of an official study conducted between 2005 and 2013, which showed that 16.1% of China's soil and 19.4% of its arable land are contaminated, principally with excessive levels of cadmium, nickel and arsenic. It is well known that China's … Continue reading One Fifth of China’s Soil Contaminated

Sheepwrecked – Environmentalists v Farmers

Over the last week I have been helping out on a farm in the Scottish Borders in the lambing shed (hello to you all at Overlangshaw!) and while I was there I began reading Alan Butler’s book ‘sheep’, a work that sets out an argument for sheep being some of the most important historical actors of … Continue reading Sheepwrecked – Environmentalists v Farmers