The BBC Focus team is obsessed with food, and like many offices, biscuits occupy a special place in our hearts and on our desks. There is no unanimous favourite though. In fact, ask the team what their favourite biscuit is and you’ll see a mild-mannered bunch become a shouty and sweary group of louts in about five minutes flat. The one thing we do agree on though, is that we eat too much meat. Whether it’s the ethics or the ecology, we all think we should lay off the bacon. So what diet really is best for the planet? If we became better people tomorrow, and packed in the meateating to become vegan or vegetarian, would planet Earth be better off? Josh Gabbatiss dives in to the science on p42.
On a cheerier note, summer is here. If you’re heading overseas for your holiday, then you might want to check out Helen Czerski’s column on p77 – it’s all about turbulence. Every time it strikes, I grab the arms of my seat and my palms sweat, a lot. But knowledge is power, they say, and I’m hoping that my newfound understanding of this phenomena will make my next flight a little less sweaty.
Finally, this issue offers up the final instalment of our four-part guide to the Universe, written by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (p68). Of course I’m biased, but it’s been one of the most succinct and eloquent guides to physics I’ve ever read. If you’ve missed out on any part of the series, you can order back issues by visiting buysubscriptions.com/
focusbackissues, or by phoning 01795 414 699.
Enjoy the issue!