If you were to open my refrigerator door, you would see organic eggs, organic milk, organic half and half, organic cheese, organic yogurt, organic lettuce. Organic. Organic. Organic.
You get the picture.
Truthfully, I never bought into the whole organic foods craze until my kids were born. I’m no health nut. I hide my box of Froot Loops cereal and only slurp it up in my traditional, hunched-over caveman style when the boys have gone to bed. My wife castigates me for bringing back the occasional 12-pack box of Entenmanns donuts. I sneak out for Kit Kat bars and Dr. Peppers. There is no junk food rehab program that could save me. I’m a lost cause.
But my two young boys are purity personified. I won’t let them poison their developing bodies with processed and pesticide-laden foods. So we have a mostly organic household. I know this is an expensive luxury.
I also know that the saintly organic movement is not all its cracked up to be.
And now Charles Kenny at Foreign Policy is messing with my head:
Why ditching your fancy, organic, locavore lifestyle is good for the world’s poor.
This is not rocket science. The Earth is warming; there’s an important human contribution, and it’s something to worry about. This is the scientific consensus. Earth scientists are substantially split only on whether the warming is potentially catastrophic.
A nice distillation by John Nielsen-Gammon on where we stand.
I have a new post up at the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media that suggests Vice President Gore and like-minded allies are fighting their battle from a “defensive crouch,” which won’t get them where they want to go.
Is Al Gore now a help or hindrance to the global warming cause?
Go have a read of my Yale Forum post and let me know over there what you think. Be polite!
UPDATE: In a related post at Dot Earth, Andy Revkin writes:
Will this [Gore's] effort silence or sideline professional naysayers/deniers/skeptics and the many people who, for all kinds of reasons unrelated to money, reject calls to make cutting greenhouses a prime priority?
I doubt it. Our polarized politics and buffet-style media menu “” in which anyone with a strongly held position can validate it with the touch of a remote control or mouse “” guarantee persistent, even sharpening, divisions on greenhouse gases.
Will the project entice those not already engaged to seek reality on climate science? I doubt that, too. The effort to cast the climate challenge as green-energy Davids versus fossil-fueled Goliaths has come with substantial oversimplification.
Bt cotton now helps to avoid several million cases of pesticide poisoning in India every year, which also entails sizeable health cost savings.