December 25, 2008

Scrooge of the year

Your Christmas dinner contributes -- quite heavily -- to ... you guessed it: global warming:

Wasted food at Christmas time is now being highlighted as an environmental problem.

Jon Dee, the chairman of Do Something, says gases from leftover food rotting in landfill are 20 times more potent than the carbon pollution from car exhausts.

Mr. Dee says there are simple ways to avoid over-catering at Christmas and damaging the environment.

"Australians waste more than 3 million tonnes of food every year and of course a lot of that food is wasted at Christmas," he said.

To which Newsbusters' Noel Sheppard opines:

Okay, I'll bite: if "gases from leftover food rotting in landfill are 20 times more potent than the carbon pollution from car exhausts," why are we worried about carbon pollution from car exhausts? Or from coal-fired power plants?
Posted by Hube at December 25, 2008 05:39 PM | TrackBack

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There's a simple solution to that: stuff yourself until there's no leftovers.

But then the lifestyle police would be on us about something else. You just can't win with some people.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at December 25, 2008 06:00 PM

What is the difference between rotting food and rotting dead wild animals and rotting, excuse me, decomposing plantlife?

So now composting is bad for the environment?

This doesn't make sense. It just seems like another way to hijack one cause with another that is somehow more socially acceptable.

Posted by: Brian Shields at December 25, 2008 06:22 PM

What Paul said! I can guarantee none of my marvelous rib roast went to waste last night - I barely had enough to make a (huge) roast beef sandwich today.

Posted by: G Rex at December 26, 2008 10:44 AM