Salt Road

Funny how natural resources rise and fall in our estimation. There was a time when salt – plain old salt, the stuff we buy for pennies – was the cornerstone of empires, the arrow of conflict, the reason for Roman roads and the thorn that pricked societies to revolution. Precious salt preserved food for long…

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Red Farms

Back in the deeply-tanned 1970s, I knew someone who decided that he would augment his early spring paleness to get ahead of the season. Spray-on fake tans didn’t yet exist, and the bottled stuff was not only streaky, but considered to ‘unnatural’ for those groovy lentil-and-granola days. So what did he do? He ingested beta-carotine…

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