Asma is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Graduate Group in Ecology studying human behavioral ecology. She lives in central Davis with her husband, Kaiser, and some rabbits, chinchillas, birds, and a sweet little cat with a wild streak.

Interests include (but are not limited to) cooking delicious food, nicely-made stuff, old German technical pens, lifting and throwing heavy things, running, reading anything I can get my hands on, demography, and farmers markets.


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Thanks for editing and updating some of the pages about vegan food. A belated Welcome to the Wiki! I saw your comment about the farmer's market and some bread including honey. I always thought that honey was a bit of a controversial thing in the vegan community; my understanding is that the majority won't touch it and I guess will shoot for agave syrup instead, but there's a sizable number of people who think 'honey' is in the clear. The basis being semantics of the original definition of vegan, animal vs insect product and the method of harvesting being non-harmful to the insects. Is there some sort of food labeling standard when something is marked as 'vegan?' For example, I know 'organic' products carry a certain seal, and I was just curious if products with honey can still legally carry the 'vegan' standard seal (if there is one). Cheers, -ES

  • Hi Ed, thanks for the welcome! Technically, honey is not a vegan product - insects are, after all, animals - but there are many who identify as vegan who, for various reasons, do not avoid honey. There isn't a standard for labeling vegan food, but organizations sometimes place their 'seal of approval' on certain products. In the case of labeling a food including honey as 'vegan,' I would refer to The Vegan Society's site (their founder, Donald Watson, coined the term). By their standards, honey is not vegan. Of course, people will label themselves as they wish.

    For what it's worth, I'd never seen any product with honey labeled as vegan before. - AMM

2011-04-11 22:19:54   I went to and did a search for mapped runs or jogs near Drummond Lane and didn't see any going down it in my quick browse through the results. I also looked on OpenStreetMap which is a user editable map. OpenStreetMap showed a portion of the road marked private, but as CovertProfessor noted... that can be claimed and is hard to verify. —JasonAller

  • Thanks Jason! I contacted the city and am waiting to hear back. I do suspect that the road is actually private, and the guy gave me background suggesting that he was telling the truth (he mentioned that in naming the private road, his father made the mistake of naming it the same as the public road). As for the MapMyRun link, that would be the run I mapped today! I'm deleting that tonight because I don't want anyone else trying the route out. - AMM

2011-04-11 22:24:54   However: MapMyRun showed a result on the first try going right down that road. —JasonAller

2011-05-27 03:01:54   what kind of rabbits? Sorry I digressed! They never even gave you testing to see? That is lame at least you have other things working for you like structure etc —StevenDaubert

  • Are you referring to Davis tap water and rabbit renal disease? Our little lop-eared (probably Norwegian dwarf) female was the one who was reacting to it. I don't remember what exactly was elevated, but it was markers of kidney dysfunction. We've had her (and our other four rabbits) on reverse osmosis water for close to a year and she's doing great! - AMM

Testing as in ADHD >__> Daubert

  • Haha, that makes more sense - I think the rabbit comment threw me off. Formal testing costs quite a bit, and I was diagnosed years ago as an undergrad without tests. Even with testing, all I'd get is accommodations like extra time for exams, which I don't need. What would be really nice is if the university had specialists (or groups) focusing on life/study skills for ADD-ers. As for structure working for me... sometimes it works, most times it's still a big struggle. - AMM