Friday, January 05, 2007

What's the cost?

I recall Yodelling Llama making the argument that when people quit smoking and live longer, the put a greater strain on the health care system than if they died sooner from smoking-related disorders. From the folks at Terrapass comes a few similar arguments on the costs of living more eco-friendly: live longer and use more resources, a response to Forbes' similar thoughts along those lines and the environmental benefits of going veggie for a week. Another good post was about how good it felt to drink low-carbon beer, but that's only available to those who are near a brewery. For those of you who care about workers, The Nation's recent food issue had an article on problems with organic food growers not paying their workers well that could cut into my carrot eating.



Blogger Chris said...

This reminds me of a "How the World Works" post on Norman Borlaug, who suggested organic farming, because of lower yields, is much more destructive than "traditional" farming, and inefficient enough to starve a third of the population to death to boot.

2:33 PM  

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