Green Stories from the New York Times
Lots to read in the New York Times over the last few days. Andrew Martin writes that food activists are thrilled with the new government:
"This has never been just about business," said Gary Hirshberg, chief executive of Stonyfield Farm, the maker of organic yogurt. "We are here to change the world. We dreamt for decades of having this moment."
I was surprised to learn that my daughter's cat is partly responsible for the ocean's problems. Paul Greenberg writes an op-ed:
The use of wild fish in animal feed is a serious problem for the world's food systems. Around a third of all wild fish caught are "reduced" into fish meal and fish oil.
The pet food industry now uses about 10 percent of the global supply of forage fish. The swine industry consumes 24 percent of fish meal and oil — fish oil being considered the best way to wean piglets. Poultry meanwhile takes as much as 22 percent, which means that even when [his cat] Coco ate chicken, indirectly he was still eating fish.
There's so much noise in American life that we tend to hear only the loudest: Obama-mania! A.I.G. Mania! March Madness!
Way down on the decibel scale is a buy-local movement struggling to be heard. On the Internet, in small business groups, even from groups focused on local bookstores (www.indiebound.org) its message is that if people want local stores, a downtown that's vital, they should shop there, even if they can get the Tylenol cheaper at Target and the John Grisham book cheaper at Amazon.