Literary Animal: Reading India, Part V

In her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo chronicles the lives of the squatters in a slum called Annawadi on the outskirts of Mumbai’s airport. Boo provides an intimate look at a changing India and the divide… Read More

A New Health Care Approach: The Right to Healthy Food

Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council on March 6th calling for governments to promote individuals’ right to a healthy diet. He argued… Read More

Millions of Hamburgers without Killing A Cow

It’s in the works at a lab at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands: meat made in a Petri dish. Mark Post is multiplying stem cells extracted from a single cow (still alive), until they make muscle cells, which… Read More

Literary Animal: Reading India, Part IV

This installment of the Literary Animal: Reading India blog series is set in Walavati, India in Maharastra State. Part IV: On Bird Flu and Terror Amitava Kumar’s book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of his Arms a… Read More

Ag-Gags: Where’s the Transparency?

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. -James Madison As of March 2, the U.S.’s first ag-gag law passed in the… Read More

Dolphins are Persons Too

A new declaration of rights being put forward by ethicists and scientists asserts that dolphins and other cetaceans should be protected as “non-human persons.” The creators of the declaration are hoping to protect these creatures from poachers and… Read More