Monday, January 05, 2009

Thoughts on finishing Deep Economy

Having just finished reading Bill McKibben's thoughtful book Deep Economy, I was struck by the following passage's relevance to chocolate and cacao (emphasis mine):

"The poor nations of the world need to develop. But if they develop according to our model, the planet will break under the strain. We in the rich nations need to change, not just for environmental reasons but because our way has stopped producing as much human happiness as it should. That middle ground is hard to define, and we will take generations to reach it, because we start so far apart. But it is more local than the world we know now, and less individualistic. It measures not More but Better."

Barring dramatic changes in climate, locavores in the Northern hemisphere will never find cacao at their neighborhood farmer's market. And that makes it even more important that all of us who really love this food become more mindful consumers, supporting those parts of the chocolate and cacao economy that we find to be most viable and productive, not in the harsh glow of globalized economics, but instead in the warmer lights of human happiness and quality of experience.


Blogger Jen X. said...

I have a habit of browsing for a book at Browser Books and taking the skip and a hop over to Bittersweet to read it with a cup of Bittersweet. (I take direction well, apparently.) Now I have a new book to do that with! Thanks for the suggestion.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Industrial Society is destroying necessary things [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land] for making unnecessary things [consumer goods].

"Growth Rate" - "Economy Rate" - "GDP"

These are figures of "Ecocide".
These are figures of "crimes against Nature".
These are figures of "destruction of Ecosystems".
These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land].

Chief Seattle of the Indian Tribe had warned the destroyers of ecosystems way back in 1854 :

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realize that you cannot eat money.

To read the complete article please follow any of these links.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Delhi, India

7:44 AM  

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