Eco-imperialism

Japan, where people enjoy a good cut of whale, is pushing back against international anti-whaling rules, which are allegedly nothing more than “eco-imperialism.”  According to the Japanese, it would be as if people in India who believe cattle are sacred would impose punishments on nations that eat beef.

Notice how the various sensitivities we are supposed to have–honoring cultural relativism, respecting the environment, not oppressing anyone, being tolerant of eveyone’s practices and beliefs–can be set against each other.  Can you think of other examples? [Read more...]

Do we need a food policy?

The food industry is the biggest sector of the economy.  Food is a major factor in health.  Food production has a major impact on the environment.  Food is a factor in policies about poverty, foreign aid, and entitlements.   Shouldn’t we have a  coherent national food policy, other than an agriculture bill that rewards farmers for producing food that isn’t necessarily good for us?  A group of food activists is making the case that we should.  See what they are proposing after the jump.

Would this just be big government infringement on liberty, or is there something to this?  What would be some free market solutions to these concerns? [Read more...]

School lunch wars

The children’s crusade against big government that we’ve blogged about earlier is intensifying, as kids are rebelling against the healthier lunch room fare–ignoring fruits & vegetables, protesting whole wheat facsimiles of culturally significant foods like biscuits and tortillas, and filling the garbage bins with other nutritious food that they just don’t like–required by federal guidelines against childhood obesity.

School officials, deploring the waste, are asking for more flexibility in what they can offer in their lunchrooms, and Republicans are pushing for some changes.  Democrats, as is their wont, are blaming corporations, rather than the consumers, for trying to change the guidelines, with one target being that great patron of Lutheran causes Schwan Foods, which supplies 75% of the nation’s lunchrooms with the pizza school children crave. [Read more...]

An even greater food source than the McDouble

Thanks to Todd, who, in a comment critiquing the Freakonomics praise of the McDonald’s double cheeseburger as the world’s greatest food source, found an even better alternative. [Read more...]

The best food source in human history

What is “the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history”? [Read more...]

The difference one person can make

Some say history is made by vast social and economic forces.  Others say that even vast forces are launched by the actions of individual human beings .  Yesterday’s newspaper, in two separate articles, showed the difference made by two individuals, one whose actions led to the deaths of millions; the other whose actions led to saving the lives of billions. [Read more...]


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