Lentil stew for everyone!

by Russ Roberts on May 22, 2008

in Environment

The National Post editorializes (HT: Nathaniel Clarkson) on the moral high ground being claimed by the Democratic Party’s plans for their August convention in Denver:

The Denver Post reported on Sunday that local caterers are having
trouble adhering to environmental and health guidelines laid down by
the host committee on the party’s behalf. A request for proposals
obtained by the Colorado paper indicates that fried foods will be
banned, that all meals must be served on reusable or recyclable plates
and that no individual plastic containers for drinks will be allowed.

But
the trickiest part is the rule that everything on the table must be
locally or organically grown. "We all want to source locally," says one
exasperated caterer, "but we’re in Colorado. The growing season is
short. It’s dry here. And I question the feasibility of that." Another
potential bidder observed that green sourcing rules sometimes forced
them into counterintuitive choices. Would it be "better" to order
compostable cornstarch cutlery, even if it had to be delivered from an
Asian factory?

If the Democrats were serious about eating green,
they could surely just have some army cooks make a few thousand quarts
of nice healthy lentil stew for everybody. What they want is credit for
environmental rigour without sacrificing their bourgeois right to fine
dining.

The rest is just as good. Good economics and good rhetoric. Enjoy.

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