ASTRID SCHULZ PHOTOGRAPHY
OUT NOW: The book ‘Cows and the Earth’ is published.
Astrid Schulz has finally completed the commission for the book ‘Cows and the Earth’. For one year she regularly travelled to Hertfordshire and visited a herd of cows, who live a very different live compared to most cows in the commercial milk / meat production industry. These visits were a real eye-opener. Whilst documenting the peaceful life at the farm Astrid started to realize how food is usually produced and at what cost for animals as well as humans. Her visits to the supermarket where no longer the same.
The first book-launch event will be held during the Janmashtami festival on
Friday, 14 August & Sunday, 16 August 2009
The festival takes place at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple
Hilfield Lane, Aldenham, Watford, WD25 8EZ, United Kingdom
‘Cows and the Earth’ will be presented in the environmental marquee together with a selection of Astrid’s photographic images, which illustrate the story of the book and its plea against animal cruelty.
For information & directions: http://krishnatemple.com/janmashtami/
Second book-launch venue: London, TBC
Astrid (originally from Germany)' is based in London for 15 years; she works internationally and predominantly within the editorial & book-publishing sector as well as for charity and Non-Government-Organizations. For more information about her work visit www.astridschulz.com
Cows and the Earth – a story of cruelty-free milk
Did you know that the milk and the cheese we consume is coming from dairy herds who are mostly kept indoors and fed on high protein fodder, enriched with hormones and antibiotics? And they are usually milked twice a day after being loaded into mechanised milk production lines, in order to keep the price low. And yet, one litre of milk costs less than a half-litre bottle of water at a UK motorway service or railway station. The farmer receives only 25p a litre, and the real cost is paid by the cow, who lives a short and painful life.
Running a farm on ox power costs less than it does on fossil fuel dependent expensive machinery. Admittedly, working a farm manually is hard labour. However, at times of rising unemployment and alienation from nature, perhaps this could be the answer to many of the problems the world is facing.
There is already a project in the UK, which protects cows and produces its own milk, totally free of animal cruelty. The Bhaktivedanta Manor, a Hare Krishna temple in Hertfordshire, demonstrates how cows can be kept and cherished, and how a farm can be operated in peaceful cooperation between humans and farm animals. Read the full story in Ranchor Prime’s book Cows and the Earth, which has just been released by Fitzrovia Press (www.fitzroviapress.com).