Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Scurvy Suggestion

Democratic candidate John Edwards' wife, Elizabeth Edwards, alluding to the fact that transporting produce to market creates greater carbon emissions, stated she is now dedicated to eating locally-grown produce. This, she opined, would mean she wouldn't be eating tangerines anytime soon.

One hopes Mrs. Edwards is not seriously suggesting that people should eat only what can be grown in their own state's backyard. Not all of us live in North Carolina, Mrs. Edwards, and it can be a long winter in the Northeast without any vegetables or fruit. Does she really mean to doom the children in Idaho to scurvy by not allowing them orange juice?

It's this kind of silliness that pervades the global warming rhetoric. Does it even make any sense? Reducing carbon footprints by not buying food that requires transporting because it is grown elsewhere?

Mrs. Edwards made the remarks in McClellanville, SC, where she and her candidate husband, John Edwards, met with environmentalist leaders on Tuesday.

Elizabeth Edwards will give up tangerines to fight global warming

1 comment:

Janus Torrell said...

And the world was spared because one lady was willing to give up her teeth and gums for the rest of us.