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Old 08-13-2010, 06:28 PM   #11
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Today, I had a bagger at my local Safeway grocery store admonish me for purchasing a steak of yellowfin tuna on 40% sale, citing its "sustainability." Can you believe it? an employee telling me not to buy their store's product?

I forgave her youthful indiscretion, unable to yet discern between being idealistic and ideological. I gently explained that NOAA has graded the Atlantic Yellowfin currently at about 96% of its ideal, sustainable, population. That's not too bad; I certainly shouldn't be scolded for my indulgence. It is the Bigeye Tuna that is in a dire state of imminent extinction given current harvest rates.

That is one of my fears about quote-unquote "sustainable." As the term broadens in reach from the scientific to the marketplace to the political and social, it becomes more blunt. It is not a far-fetched future when the next time I buy a yellowfin tuna steak at Safeway, I will return to my parked car to find that someone has used a box-cutter on my wheels.
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:38 PM   #12
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Today, I had a bagger at my local Safeway grocery store admonish me for purchasing a steak of yellowfin tuna on 40% sale, citing its "sustainability." Can you believe it? an employee telling me not to buy their store's product?

I forgave her youthful indiscretion, unable to yet discern between being idealistic and ideological. I gently explained that NOAA has graded the Atlantic Yellowfin currently at about 96% of its ideal, sustainable, population. That's not too bad; I certainly shouldn't be scolded for my indulgence. It is the Bigeye Tuna that is in a dire state of imminent extinction given current harvest rates.

That is one of my fears about quote-unquote "sustainable." As the term broadens in reach from the scientific to the marketplace to the political and social, it becomes more blunt. It is not a far-fetched future when the next time I buy a yellowfin tuna steak at Safeway, I will return to my parked car to find that someone has used a box-cutter on my wheels.
Yeah, that would not have gone over with me, unless I was in a very good mood to start with.

"sustainable" "organic" "green" etc... nice marketing buzzwords. feh.
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