Thursday, July 23, 2009

Buying locally grown food NOT good for the environment...?!

For all of us left wing, environmental crusaders out there: buying locally grown food isn't necessarily greener for the environment. You're thinking, yeah right. I thought so too before I read this article on CBC. Check it out for yourself. On the surface, this seems terribly counterintuitive, but when you examine the whole process of food production, you realize that things aren't exactly what they seem.

While not exactly presented in the same vein, this article reminded me of an interesting book called "More Sex is Safer Safe", by Stephen E. Landsburg. It is a book that uses logic to present counterintuitive arguments against what we would assume to be true based on common sense. If you're into ideas that challenge the status quo and would be denounced as somewhat subversive by more censor-ous states, you should check this book out. You can read the eponymous chapter here. Please keep in mind that I'm not telling you to go out and lead a promiscuous lifestyle, I just find these logic based arguments very fascinating.

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