After I began to write it, I realized just how overwhelming the topic was. And yet it totally drew me in. There were so many massive transformations in such a short time, and also so many indications that the war itself was just a blip on the screen for even larger processes happening in peacetime. Writing the essay, it was difficult to decide what to hone in on. Just considering the movement of organisms aboard ships over new sea routes could amount to book of its own. But there were many other dimensions, including ideological ones, natural extraction, and of course the physical and biological destruction that the global war brought about. Not to mention Hitler’s vegetarianism.