It’s Saturday again – man, did this week go by quickly!
This week we’ll be heading a little more to the theory side, with one exception: BP oil spill top-kill. You’d almost have to live in a hole in a ground to have missed this, but be sure to keep an eye and an ear out for more status updates today.
So Now To The Theory
This great article explores the relationship between globalization and sustainability in terms of environmental carrying capacity. This makes sense – it’s what competitive advantage is all about. But I don’t remember Adam Smith mentioning the ecological ramifications.
The Powerful Vagueness of Sustainability discusses sustainability as a systemic process guided by our best science, instead of as a scientific absolute. Another advantage of a deliberate “vagueness” or openness about the details is that it encourages creativity. However, I would argue that this creativity must be guided by strong and clear principles if it is to result in effective and meaningful solutions.
The New York Times Freakonomics blog covered an article in Rolling Stone (if anyone has a link to the original article, let me know?) about how corporate buyers are purchasing farmland to capitalize on food shortages and other potential effects of climate change. Fascinating, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it.
Finally, Racialicious gives us an insightful discussion of racial considerations in the sustainable food movement. In my opinion, this is a must read and a must think about. Also, I’m a huge fan of the gummy bears.
Happy weekend, everyone!