Marthe Kiley-Worthington was raised on farms in the UK, Kenya and Congo by her two-legged parents and four-legged friends and mentors. As a female at that time, she had few options. She became an ecologist and ethologist, and concentrated on trying to unravel the communication of her mentors, non-human mammals both wild and domestic, through research and adventures across Africa, Europe and the UK. She studied philosophy to better understand ideas for the further development of animal welfare science. Another post-graduate degree in equine and elephant epistemology (their knowledge of the world) ensued.
Marthe became very aware of the ethical, social, political, and biological problems of modern agriculture in the 70s and thereafter devoted her life to marry the theoretical with the practical to develop human and animal relationships and produce food without these problems. This Ecological Agriculture is modeled on how the ecosystem works. She trialed and developed the tenets on five ecological farms, making mistakes while developing techniques for future farming. She has written over 100 scientific papers, and 7 books.
Today, Marthe is internationally known for her work on animal welfare, ecological agriculture and understanding animal minds. In particular, how to put well thought out theories into practice, allowing for the ecological controls and conflicting interests of all.