Monday, May 31, 2010

Jason VS The Oil Spill

How would Jason of Greek mythology handle the Gulf Coast Oil spill? Here's an interesting post by Ellen Kanner at Huffington Post:

...Jason got the Golden Fleece, but was so ruthless, he managed to piss off people, gods and his metaphorical mother. Jason didn't honor the Argo, he didn't take care of it and it lay rotting -- and plotting -- in the sun. One day, Jason passed by and a piece of the prow fell off and beaned him on the head, killing him...We don't want the same fate. But we've been ruthless and greedy and will most likely continue to be. Most of us aren't going to row to work, give up our cars or even convert to clean energy any time soon. But rather than further risking the earth's wrath, one thing we can all do -- herbivores and omnivores alike -- is buy and eat food that's local and in season.

Some of the enemies of our Mother Earth are indeed as immense as the mythological challenges Jason faced. But Jason (like many heroes of Pagan mythology) often used his wits to overcome obstacles. Making the right choices in our lives (such as diet) can not only have health benefits, but has a disproportionally positive impact on the environment. Yet, as the article points out, we can't just rest on our laurels (heh!) Btw, there's a great recipe for "Braim" in the article...Yum!

(Thanx GreenGhost, for sending me this)


Anonymous said...

Good points. But it's difficult, and I'm sure that's why more people don't try to eat/buy local. You really have to go out of your way sometimes, depending on where you live. It can be inconvenient, and it's easy to annoy friends and family with your efforts (trust me, I know!).

BUT--if more people gave it a try, there would be more demand, and "local" would become the norm rather than the exception.

genexs said...

10 years ago, you had to go out of your way to find organic produce. Now, it seems most major grocery chains have such a section. Demand did that. I do about 50% of my food shopping at a big grocery store, and more and more I'm seeing "LOCAL" on such things as onions, corn, and tomatoes prominently displayed on bushels of produce.

Here's a suggestion: next time you are shopping, ask the manager to point out local produce for you. If he has none, ask why.

Oh, about my blueberries! They look scrawny as hell this year! I think this dwarf cultivar might not be so good. (However, I have to give them credit for surviving a rather brutal Winter.) If their yield stinks, up they are going to come to be replaced by something else.Last year, hiking nearby up in the Gunks, I saw tons of blueberry bushes. Methinks I'll be doing some seed collecting this year.

Anonymous said...

We have just 1 blueberry bush left at the old house (due mostly to neglect!). It has some fruit already, but the berries are small. Sounds like you may have better looks with a wild variety.