I just won’t shut up about global warming. A recent article in Salon points out the high cost of shipping food around the world instead of eating local produce: Global Trade = Global Warming.
Researchers at Iowa State University have found that fruits and vegetables travel an average of 1,500 miles within the U.S., a 22 percent increase since 1981… Studies show that a basic diet with imported ingredients can easily consume four times the fossil-fuel energy and emit four times the carbon dioxide compared to domestically produced ingredients.
Almost all the food on Guam is imported, with only a few vegetables, fruits and meats produced on island. I can only imagine how much is cost to transport stuff across the ocean.
Keiko, the unfortunate killer whale captured in captivity and the star of the Free Willy movies, died of pneumonia on Thursday in Norway’s Taknes fjord.
Found an interesting comparison between George Clinton’s arrest and Rush Limbaugh’s at Waiting Out The Plague. Guess which was charged with drug possession? Guess which one is out spewing vitriol and accusations of prosecutorial abuse across the airwaves?
Let’s continue that train of thought with Shirin Ebadi’s Nobel Lecture. Ms. Ebadi had harsh words for Western countries that flout the very Universal Declaration of Human Rights they crafted following World War II.
How about J.M. Coetzee’s Nobel Lecture in Sweden? An excellent piece on writing and reading from the notoriously tight-lipped author.