The change from indifference to an active stance in favour of pilot whale hunting

As a child in the 60’ties we had whale meat (grind) and blubber occasionally, but not often, since no one in the household participated in the whale hunting and slaughter. So probably during my whole childhood we kept within the recommendations from the health authorities that came after the studies of whole Faroese cohorts showing that mercury had a negative impact on the performance of the children. When I attended gymnasium (higher secondary) I usually had a hot meal at the school at lunch time, and here I got grind and blubber regularly, typically once a week. I didn’t question that, but I have later realised that the reason for […]

Protest and amendment

I have sent in a protest to the authorities together with a proposal for amendment, in an attempt to protect my beloved hometown against a new development that culturally belongs back in the stoneage! Instead of translating the protest, which is not that exciting, I would like to learn from other countries, whether I am right that this development is outdated, and how people in other countries solve such issues.

The Babel of the roots

In connection with the solar eclipse we got visitors from Italia. During such a visit several activities are in play, excursions, museums, but indeed also food. It turned out that they were very interested in trying Faroese food, both grind (pilot whale), spik (blubber), skerpikjøt (dried sheep meat) and rullupylsa (sausage made of rolled mutton) – and what else we could think of. In return we got a great selection of unique food from Italy – cheese, balsamico, spagetti, tortellini, tomato sauce, kake. Hence food was also a subject for discussion, and usually the discussion ran without problems – untill the day we should explain what swede (in Faroese kálrabi) is. […]

A simple question

A simple question

Should Scotland become an independent country – yes/no! A simple question with a simple answer. Of course YES!  – And ewen though the polls indicate that it will be very close, people are expecting the result to be yes. Lot of people have changed their mind in the recent months. It are those in doubt and those who said no that have moved on, og still more people support an independent Scotland. Those who are willing to take charge of their own country are not in doubt. Today, September 18., is a decisive day, and more than 50,000 supporters for independens have for months strugged to convince their co-citizens on the importance of […]

Happy soil day!

Happy soil day!

Today, Dec. 5th, is the international soil day. A day devoted healthy and fertile soils. The day is proposed by FAO, the food and agriculture organisation within United Nation, realising that soil is not a sustainable resource, when considering the lifespan of human beings. From this follows that if we spoil the land, then the soil will need so long time to recover, that it will not be within our lifetime. A visible example of this is a story in the Faroese popular science magasin “Frøði” (nr. 2, 2013), where the botanist Anna Maria Fosaa writes about a study from an enclosure, that when established was quite eroded by overgrazing. […]

FarGen and James Watson

James Watson and David Micklos Attended the excellent FarGen 2013 conference, where this video was shown (link on the picture or above). This presentation was a compensation as James Watson due to health had cancelled his announced attendance to the conference. An inspiring interwiev. David Micklos, the interwiever, participated at the conference, but in addition he arranged a workshop for high school pupils on genetics – with DNA technology that fitted in a suitcase. He did this skilfully and with ease, with lot of experiences from his job as leader at the DNA Learning Centre, where thousands of pupils of all ages take courses every year. If we her in […]