He is, after all, paid to talk and think about moral and ethical matters:
\”Consumerism treats each person as essentially a hole that you have to keep stuffing things into. But what’s it like to have a life that is balanced, that is at home with its material and human environment? That’s a question that has got to be asked,\” he said.
You and I may think that wibble, we may not, but that is indeed what he\’s for, to think about such things.
However, this is pure wibble, not a matter of ethical opinion:
He said people must change their shopping habits and adjust their diets to the seasons and eat only food that could be grown at home.
The carbon footprint of peas from Kenya and other airfreighted food was too high and families should not assume that all types of food would be available through the year, he said.
We can actually show that some imported foods have lower carbon footprints than the same foods grown at home.
Further, we can even think of a simple way of working out which they are. Simply stick a carbon tax on the fuel used for transport (yes, there are legal problems in doing this with aviation fuel but I\’m sure we\’ll get there) so that, as Blueprint for Survival says, everyone is paying the true cost. Then just look at the market prices.
As to foods not available throughout the year: well, if we\’re to eat only local, non-hothouse (this is important for shipping in foods is indeed less carbon intensive than hot-housing them out of season) foods then there\’s going to be something of a rebellion come February when we\’re all on pease pudding and turnips. If we\’re to have a wider diet than that at that time of year we do need to be either hot-housing or importing.
So we\’ve three choices: extremely boring, bland, unhealthy, diets for some portion of the year. Or hot-housing, or imports. And of those latter two the last is the less carbon emittive.
And this isn\’t wibble, it\’s drivel:
Dr Williams responded: “I don’t want to create an instant crisis in those economies but that’s the direction, a steady move away from it. You want to ask what is it doing long term to a Kenyan economy that becomes dependent on what are effectively cash crops for export.”
Err, they get richer?