Tag: Maneka Gandhi column

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  • Quality of egg is an issue

    Quality of egg is an issue

    The best eggs really come from hens that spend their days outdoors in a natural environment and scratch for insects, seeds and earthworms in the soil.

    May 19, 2019
  • A gruesome fact on ‘pate foie gras’

    A gruesome fact on ‘pate foie gras’

    Pate foie gras is French for fat liver paste of a duck or goose fattened by force in a process known as gavage. It is a luxury item because few countries allow it to be made, due to the extreme cruelty involved.

    May 12, 2019
  • A community like ours

    A community like ours

    Ants normally keep a very clean nest, and usually throw out dangerous rubbish, like food remains and dead bodies. This piled-up dry waste is kept for defence, as building materials, and as manure for their crops.

    May 5, 2019
  • Maggot therapy: A thousand-year-old healing technique

    Maggot therapy: A thousand-year-old healing technique

    Doctors have found that large numbers of small maggots consume necrotic tissue far more precisely than surgeons can operate, and can remove foreign material and damaged tissue in a day or two

    April 28, 2019
  • Before it’s too late

    Before it’s too late

    One day we will find that the millions of insects we have killed, through pest control, could have saved our lives

    April 21, 2019
  • Gelatine: The horror product

    Gelatine: The horror product

    Food & beverage is the biggest market for gelatine, followed by nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, photography, and cosmetics such as face creams, shampoos, hair sprays, soaps and nail polishes.

    April 7, 2019
  • Game of ants

    Game of ants

    During a tournament whichever ant locks its jaws around the head of another ant wins. The winner gets a boost of a hormone, called dopamine, and this helps it in its next tournament. Dopamine starts activating their reproductive system, while the losers' reproductive capabilities shut down

    March 31, 2019
  • Cow dung: A viable alternative to firewood

    Cow dung: A viable alternative to firewood

    We need to change our attitude towards the cow. Milk is not the most important part of the cow, it is her dung. This dung should be used in the cremation grounds. For Hindus, the cow is sacred and so using cow dung, instead of wood, should not pose a problem

    March 25, 2019
  • Do you eat food to be healthy or to get sick?

    Do you eat food to be healthy or to get sick?

    There are some things which any amount of washing, boiling or roasting cannot clean out - and those are drugs. There is a cocktail of them in your meat and all of them are going to go into your body

    March 17, 2019
  • Our mythological birds

    Our mythological birds

    The Homa bird, of Vedic times, lives and breeds in the air, lays eggs in the air, and, before the eggs reach the earth, they hatch and the baby bird flies upward to join its mother. Persian, Turkish and Sufi poets praise them as divine birds, and birds of paradise

    March 13, 2019
  • Termites: Fascinating insects!

    Termites: Fascinating insects!

    Only a handful of the 3,000 or so known termite species are pests to people. The rest are soil engineers who create the ground under your feet and keep it healthy

    March 3, 2019
  • A cruel place

    A cruel place

    India was a country where people lived together with animals and respected their lives. All this has changed in the last 50 years. What can you say about a country whose government says, happily, that 52 per cent of our exports are meat, fish and leather?

    February 24, 2019
  • They are intelligent and affectionate

    They are intelligent and affectionate

    Research proves that goats try to communicate with people in the same way as dogs and horses do.

    February 17, 2019
  • Business opportunities in this field

    Business opportunities in this field

    As a vegan entrepreneur you can be bold, sophisticated and yet harm no one. You can use the beauty and bounty of the earth and leave it better for both animals and humans.

    February 15, 2019
  • Small is big

    Small is big

    Like human beings, ants have often fought over food and territory. But ants began fighting with each other, or other nests of their own species, or other species, long before humans, at least 99 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth

    February 5, 2019
  • Do you understand what birds say?

    Do you understand what birds say?

    In mythology and medieval literature, the language of the birds is considered divine, used by them to communicate with only the initiated.

    January 6, 2019
  • ‘Make the world a much kinder place’

    ‘Make the world a much kinder place’

    While the government, and all the courts, have ordered sterilisation of all dogs by all municipalities and district administrations, in reality less than a tenth of the country is doing it.

    December 30, 2018