Friday, October 16, 2009

"Canadian" Food ??

Received this as a giant 6 meg video that "killed" my inbox, (thanks Bruce, but I digress). Anyhow, it got me thinking about the future, and wondering what my children's lives will be like in 50 years. I know "sustainable" is the all the rage buzzword these days, with "sustainable development" being one of my favorite oxymorons  :)
Is it true that propped up and subsidized cheap transportation costs make it reasonable to import fish from China and apples from New Zealand, while we raze Ontario's farmland in favor of more townhouses? Deforestation is serious stuff. Sadly, the fatalist in me has concluded the nobody cares. We'd all rather debate and wax eloquently about politicians piano playing prowess, argue about the appropriateness of political Logos on giant fake cheques, or...again I digress...just watch the movie  :)

Hellmann’s - It’s Time for Real from CRUSH on Vimeo.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's totally a bogus argument.

The basis of the argument is nationalism. It's the idea that somehow we need to be independent, that somehow it's better to be do everything ourselves.

But just who is "we"? Sure we're a country, but is a being a country a sound basis on who to buy tomatoes from? Maybe you shouldn't buy things from Jews too. Frankly, I prefer a world where we are all brothers and sisters and we learn co-dependence.

Canada is also a very, very big country. Notice how the video doesn't talk about transporting food from BC to Ontario? They don't really care about transportation, they care about the flag on the food. The video is stacked with nationalist rhetoric. Distance is hardly mentioned.

For those that think that history has a few lessons for us, nationalism and socialism together is a political system that's been experimented with already. Look it up.

- GL

Tom said...

Totally bogus ?? That's a bit of an over-generalization there GL. Yes, there's some bogus flag-waving therein, but does that mean it's "totally" bogus ? Distance is more than "hardly mentioned". It's mentioned and depicted several times. Nationalism aside, there are legitimate concerns highlighted here: disappearing farmland, the increasing need to import food, lack of self-sufficiency, sprawling growth...educate me some more oh wise one :)

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