WHEN I PENNED The Green Consumer in 1990, I helped advance the notion that we could solve our planet’s environmental problems by making good purchasing choices. That we could, in other words, shop our way to environmental health. “By choosing carefully, you can have a positive impact on the environment without significantly compromising your way of life,” I wrote. “That’s what being a Green Consumer is all about.”
I fought the good fight. Twenty years later, I’m thinking of waving the white flag. Green consumerism, it seems, was one of those well-intended passing fancies, testament to Americans’ never-ending quest for simple, quick, and efficient solutions to complex problems.
Truthdig – Ear to the Ground – Apple Goes to War. Apple Goes to the Dark Side.
Truthdig – Arts and Culture – Chesa Boudin on Growing Up Radical. [a book review, looks good]
In an interview with Salon, veganism advocate Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson explains why meat eaters mock vegans, why Michael Pollan is wrong, and why he thinks things are getting better for animals. Masson says omnivores make fun of vegans “because of a bad conscience. I think to some extent people think: ‘You know, they’re probably right, but, boy, would it be inconvenient for me.'” And according to Masson, omnivores should have a bad conscience.