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The excesses of green journalism by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
July 13, 2007, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Environment, If you only have 15 mins

Here is an interesting article published by Slate magazine that talks about the green bias of current journalism these days and how it plays to our worst fears and/or preaches a message. The authors argue that journalism has jumped on a band-wagon and that a lot of the messages haven’t been fully verified for scientific accuracy and/or have a tendency to inflate facts. I liked the suggestion that it is possible that the most carbon guzzling part of the journey of a piece of fruit may be the trip back from the supermarket in the car rather than where it originates from (something which local food proponents would disagree with).  As someone who aspires to be reducing her footprint on the planet and has a tendency to take at face value all suggestions for being more environmental, this article is a good reminder to keep questioning what I can best do and not to swallow all recommendations immediately.

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