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‘Where meat was once bound to the moral act of killing, it is now bound only to the market.’
While meat has played a vital part in the development of the human brain, according to the US author Harold McGee, our dependence on it could also be our undoing. The rise of meat production and consumption is proving environmentally disastrous, contributing heavily to water shortages, pollution and global warming. Knotty Objects: Steak is a brief plunge into the moral complexities of eating meat in the 21st century and some creative solutions that could help us overcome our inborn desire to eat animals.
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The female Abstract Expressionists of New York shook the world of art
Bertrand Russell wanted to kill off causation. Can contemporary philosophy rescue it?
How many monkeys is it worth sacrificing to save a human life?
From Roman pots to glass eyes, the shore of the river Thames teems with surprises
History of science
Bat-people on the Moon – what a famed 1835 hoax reveals about misinformation today
Human rights and justice
Thirty years after one teenager shot another, is it time to forgive?
What it’s like to wear a prosthetic that ‘feels’
Fifty years ago, a train collided with Jack and Betty’s car. Here’s how they remember it