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Rajasthan’s unique and caring camel culture is on its deathbed….but we can still save it!

The news about Rajasthan’s state animal is depressing and heart-wrenching: According to the just released official livestock census of India, the country’s camel population has decreased by 37.1% since the last survey in 2012 and is now down to 250,000 … Continue reading

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This is for you, pastoralists!

Pastoralists are somehow always on the defensive, being told that they need to change their ways, are backward, unproductive, cause desertification, and harm the climate. Sigh! Nothing could be further from the truth. At the moment it’s the  IPCC (Intergovernmental … Continue reading

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Camel Milk Alchemy: Nature’s Antidote for Urban Lifestyles

Its World Camel Day on 22nd June and therefore time for an ode to this animal that is the product of ancient nomadic cultures, but rapidly accumulating admirers and supporters in the North. I won’t bore you with the known … Continue reading

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The EAT- Lancet Report, pastoralism and artificial meat

The livestock world is up in arms about the EAT-Lancet Report  that was launched on 18th January in Oslo and recommends drastic reductions in the consumption of meat, especially red meat. It is the outcome of a committee of “more … Continue reading

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A brief encounter with the camel culture of Saudi Arabia – and how camels replaced cattle during climate change some 5000 years ago

When I recently had the opportunity to travel to Saudi-Arabia, I jumped at the chance. After all, this country is the cradle of camel culture – the place where the human-dromedary relationship was first forged, more than 3000 years ago, … Continue reading

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Out of Australia (2): Camel dairying – a kinder approach to milk production?

The modern dairy sector is keeping supermarket shelves well stocked, but if you look behind the scenes it is often not a pretty picture: A glut of milk is depressing prices and forcing small and medium sized farmers to give … Continue reading

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Out of Australia (1): On the tracks of the Afghan Cameleers

Australia. In my quest for a solution to Rajasthan’s camel conundrum I absolutely had to go there. What’s the camel conundrum? Well, in brief, it’s the gloomy camel situation in Rajasthan: despite slaughter and export being prohibited, despite being a … Continue reading

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Vegetarianism/veganism not an option for people living in non-arable areas!

An article entitled Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers just published in Science magazine and widely broadcasted by The Guardian  and The Independent newspapers is making some  startling claims. For this monumental meta-study, the authors J. Poore and … Continue reading

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“Local breeds only give, they don’t take” – Interview with Dra. Maria Rosa Lanari

Recently I caught up with DraMaria Rosa Lanari, who coordinates the Genetic Resources Network of  Argentina’s National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), when she was on her way to the annual meeting of the EU funded  Project on Innovative Management … Continue reading

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Pastoralists and India’s Biological Diversity Act

An important group of “stakeholders” in India’s biodiversity falls through the gaps of the country’s Biodiversity Act and requires a special tool to document their knowledge and the genetic resources they steward. India’s biodiversity management strategy and action plan rests … Continue reading

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