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The Species Barrier #34 Podcast & Show Notes

Episode 34 of The Species Barrier...we speak with Population Media Center's Director of Issue Advocacy Joseph Bish and Tom Butler of The Deep Ecology Foundation. Both organisations are involved in The Population Speak Out campaign and it's centrepiece book Overdevelopment Overpopulation Overshoot.

Sandra Higgins is back on the show to discuss International Respect for Chickens Month. We also discuss the documentary Virunga, symbolic crossing of the 400ppm level of Carbon Dioxide, the Antarctic ice shelf on course for collapse plus Morrissey and Monbiot weighing in on animal agriculture.

Alice in Wonderland: Eden resident in happier surroundings

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The Species Barrier 34 Show Notes:

Population Speak out Campaign: https://populationspeakout.org/
Foundation for Deep Ecology: http://www.deepecology.org/
Population Media Center: https://www.populationmedia.org/
Doris Banham Dog Rescue: http://www.dogsos.co.uk/
Virunga: http://virungamovie.com/
International Respect for Chickens Day: http://www.upc-online.org/respect/
Eden Farm Animal Sanctuary: http://www.edenfarmanimalsanctuary.com/
Monbiot on Chicken Farms: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/19/chicken-welfare-human-health-meat
Monbiot on the fairytale of farming: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2015/may/29/its-time-to-wean-ourselves-off-the-fairytale-version-of-farming
Morrissey on Glastonbury: http://true-to-you.net/morrissey_news_150409_01
Morrissey's open letter to Live Earth: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/read-morrisseys-scathing-open-letter-to-al-gore-and-live-earth-20150429
Larsen B Ice Shelf: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/16/us/antarctica-larsen-b-ice-shelf-to-disappear/
CO2 passes 400ppm: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/06/global-carbon-dioxide-levels-break-400ppm-milestone


The Species Barrier #33 Podcast & Show Notes

  Coming up today… plant based dogs. Domesticated dogs are ever more present in human society and the environmental book 'Time to Eat The Dog?' highlights their meat diets as an ecological ill. How well can they adapt to plant based diets? We speak to Piers Morgan's electoral candidate of choice, vet Andrew Knight. Fellow vegan Carla Gardner is in the studio to discuss her experiences with dogs and various topics pertaining to other animals.

In the news, The Guardian puts it’s emphasis on climate change reporting, date proposed for the start of the Anthropocene epoch, photography book on overpopulation and consumption takes the media by storm, water is the next great crisis and EU removes limits on cows milk production.

Vet Andrew Knight: A vote for plant based dogs.
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The Three Amigos: Carla's Plant Based Pups

The Species Barrier 33 Show Notes:

100 Plant Based dogs:  http://thevegantruth.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/dogs-that-eat-vegan-directory.html

Andrew Knight's website: http://www.vegepets.info/

EU Milk quotas scrapped:

Details on OVER book:  http://www.populationspeakout.org

Anthropocene debate:

Guardian focus on climate change: 

Water the next global crisis: 


Thoughts on documentary film "Becoming Vegan"

We recently had the opportunity to view new, short documentary film Becoming Vegan. Such a topic originating from the local university and featuring two members of the recently revived Veg Soc meant that we would obviously be inclined to check it out.

Given it's status as a student project that was made on a small budget we obviously weren't as keen to assess the production and presentation (perfectly adequate) as much as the message. How would the film portray veganism?

We get off to a very shaky start. A nutritionist is called upon to define veganism, thus perpetuating the idea that we are dealing with a diet rather than an ethic. What was needed is the definition as laid down by The Vegan Society and an expression of the belief that other animals are not ours to exploit.

The presenter (Rachael) will undertake a two week dietary challenge, the nutritionist warns that a sudden change in diet is likely to be felt negatively by the body and after all they do say it takes a month to adjust to any new habit.

We are now in the supermarket aisles and two random microwavable ready meals are held up, one contains milk protein and the other is free of animal products. The later is more costly so our host concludes that "vegan food" is seemingly more expensive. Seriously.

There are constant references to "gluten free" and "wheat free", which along with the difficulty in having to read labels adds to the general feeling of ascetic misery experienced during the experiment.

This is puzzling, either Rachael believes that veganism entails being gluten free or this is a personal choice, either way it should be made clearer. She is intrigued to try "vegan pasta" as opposed to normal pasta. This involves getting a supermarket Free-From brand that she has heard will be chewy due it's lack of gluten. Clearly most standard pastas, whether white or brown are suitable for vegans seeing as wheat is a plant. The occasional exception exists for fresh pastas which may contain egg.

The perceived deprivation continues in the morning when the cereal has to be gluten free also and as such is described as "powdery." Sandwiches for lunch? Of course not, only cereal bars and snacking on fruit as others enjoy their wheat bread. Again, veganism is concerned with products of animal exploitation and wheat avoidance isn't part of the deal.

Cupcakes are handed out from Bailgate's vegan shop, will the public spot the differences to "real" cakes? The assumption being that no eggs and/or dairy clearly renders cupcakes counterfeit. Given the prior warning that these are vegan cakes the public seem hesitant to tuck in (lacking the prerequisite chicken ovulations and bovine mammary secretions to make them optimally palatable) but conclude that they are in fact genuine cakes and perfectly edible.

Unsurprisingly Rachael is feeling lethargic as she goes into calorie deficit. Her previous diet was replete with animal products and cooking a meal without flesh a foreign concept. To conclude she accepts that without the ethical beliefs this lifestyle shift seems superfluous and inconvenient. It is repeated twice that she doesn't "believe in" vegan ethics, presumably content to provide demand for the unnecessary suffering of other sentient beings. As stated earlier by it's definition veganism requires the moral foundation and as such the documentary would have been better titled "Becoming Plant-based".


The Species Barrier #32 Podcast & Show Notes

Episode 32 of The Species Barrier. Comedian, actor, writer and TV presenter Simon Amstell joins us for a chat about fusing his vegan ethics with his comedy. We also speak to members of Frack Free Lincs after their Truth Behind The Dash for Gas screening in Lincoln.

In the news 2014 was the hottest year on record, scientists move the Doomsday Clock forward, journalist Chris Hedges on his veganism and as America is predicted to have it's worst droughts in a 1000 years tens of millions will starve as fertile land turns to dust bowls in China and Africa also.

No Bunny Boiler: Simon is an ethical vegan

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A taste of what's to come? Fracking, USA-style.

The Species Barrier 32 Show Notes:

The Truth Behind The Dash For Gas: http://www.frackfreesomerset.org/film/

Frack Free Lincs:  http://frackfreelincs.org/

Buy Nothing Day:  http://www.buynothingday.co.uk/

Rally for Nature:  http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/news/2014/11/18/rally-nature-london-tuesday-9th-december

Cowspiracy:  http://www.cowspiracy.com/

Lincoln University VegSoc: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UOLVegSoc/

Simon Amstell: http://www.simonamstell.co.uk/

2014 was the Warmest Year on Record:

Doomsday Clock moved forward:

Chris Hedges on Veganism: 

Worst US Droughts in 1000 years: 

Dust Bowls threaten Tens of Millions with hunger: 

Coal demand to reach 9 billion tonnes a year by 2019: 


The Species Barrier #31 Podcast & Show Notes

Coming up today we have more analysis on human civilization and the modern environmental movement from American anarchist and primitivist philosopher, author John Zerzan and Paul Kingsnorth writer and co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project.

Kevin White reflects on his recent West Midlands Vegan Festival event and activism in general. We are also joined by Jess Smith project officer at Lincolnshire county councils sustainability team she tells us about their score initiative to reduce energy usage in schools.

Also as human numbers have doubled other vertebrate animals have reduced by half, UK farm land has only 100 more harvests left, human overpopulation would survive wars, disasters and disease, American cold snap caused by climate change and how can grass feeding cattle be worse for the environment than the feed lot system?

JZ: I wanna be Green Anarchy

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Kingsnorth: A call to apathy and inaction? You moss be kidding!
The Species Barrier 31 Show Notes:

Lincoln's Environmental film schedule:

Carbon Conversations: http://carbonconversations.org/

Midland Vegan Campaigns: http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk/festival/

Lakeside Ethical Treats: http://www.ethical-treats.co.uk/

SCoRE wins gold Apple award: http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news/lincolnshire-sustainability-project-scores-national-award/124131.article

Non-human vertebrates  halved in the last 40 years:

Wars, Disasters and disease can't arrest overpopulation:

Arctic blast made mor elikely due to climate change: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/20/arctic-weather-climate.html
 Only 100 harvests remain in UK farm soil:

Paul Kingsnorth:  http://www.paulkingsnorth.net/

The Dark Mountain Project:  http://dark-mountain.net/

Should we seek to save industrial civilisation:  http://www.monbiot.com/2009/08/18/should-we-seek-to-save-industrial-civilisation/

John Zerzan: http://www.johnzerzan.net/

Anarchy Radio: http://www.johnzerzan.net/radio/

Fact Of The Day: 


The Species Barrier #30 Podcast & Show Notes

Episode 30... we continue our series of critiques of civilization with journalist and co-founder of the Dark Mountain project Paul Kingsnorth and prominent anarcho-primitivist John Zerzan.

Also the imminent collapse of civilization is in the media, contrary to earlier predictions the human population is set to hit 11 billion and beyond if left unchecked and George Monbiot, reflects on both the impossibility of growth and experts stating that humans drove ice age animal extinctions.

Paul Kingsnorth: Back against the wall but not apathetic

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John Zerzan: Going down fighting
 The Species Barrier 30 Show Notes:

 Lincoln's Environmental film schedule:

Roxy and her 11 puppies:  https://www.facebook.com/BINpuppies

Bird Walks at Hartsholme: http://www.visitlincolnshire.com/thedms.aspx?dms=3&feature=1000&venue=9320817

Population to hit 11 billion with 70% chance of rising:

We're nearing collapse: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/limits-to-growth-was-right-new-research-shows-were-nearing-collapse

Collapse is inevitable now 2015-2020: 


Noam Chomsky on the end of history: 

George Monbiot on the impossibility of growth: 

Paul Kingsnorth:  http://www.paulkingsnorth.net/

The Dark Mountain Project:  http://dark-mountain.net/

Should we seek to save industrial civilisation:  http://www.monbiot.com/2009/08/18/should-we-seek-to-save-industrial-civilisation/

Extinctions 1000-10,000 the standard rate: 

Humans have long history of causing extinctions:

Diminuitive monsters of destruction, is this all we are? 

John Zerzan: http://www.johnzerzan.net/

Anarchy Radio: http://www.johnzerzan.net/radio/

Fact Of The Day: http://bicycleuniverse.info/transpo/energy.html


The Species Barrier #29 Podcast & Show Notes

Coming up today… we speak to Scott Shetler the vegan fitness trainer and author who tells us about his training, books and helping former guest Dead Prez’s Sticman meet his muscle gain goals. Gary Francione had some criticisms of the UK Vegan Society in his last discussion with us, he joins us to discuss their controversial new rebranding.

Ruth looks back on her Green Party political campaign and in the news the collapse of the Western Arctic ice sheet, record forest fires, Chris Packham stirs up controversy again and we look at the ecological threats behind the housing crisis; the selling off of allotments, the destruction of bird populations and more.

What Would Scott Shetler Do?

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The old logo: "Hippy" and "Niche?"

The Species Barrier 29 Show Notes:

Hartsholme Country Park: http://www.hartsholmecountrypark.com/

Housing Crisis: 

Allotments being sold off: 

 On the destruction of birds and their nests: 

Destruction of the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun: 

Scott Shetler: http://www.scottshetler.com/

NASA map of forest fires:  http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/140512/nasa-forest-fires-world-map

Chris Packham interview:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/20/chris-packham-cancer-charity-wildlife_n_5356799.html

The Abolitionist Approach: http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/