Tuesday, September 28, 2004

From the Irish Times

Over the past twenty years, the obituary columns of some of the British broadsheets, the Daily Telegraph in particular, have gone from being a backwater to an unmissable gallery of vivid pen portraits, offering the salacious details of the lives noteworthy eccentrics and bounders, who can no longer threaten libel. The Irish Times seems to be stumbling onto the same approach, albeit unintentionally.

In Saturday's edition, the anonymous chronicler tells of one chrracter who is described as "...one of the godfathers of the sustainability movement". This worthy "...hated injustice of any kind and has been described as a freedom fighter for humans, animals and plants". Vegetation of all lands unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains...

The next time Monsanto creates new forms of transgenic sugar beet to be planted experimentally, maybe it will give the plants the ability to move, so they may flee these horticultural hooligans.

On the other hand, if you're interested in reading more well-defined thinking on sustainability, then I would recommend this paper by Peter Clinch of UCD, who downheartedly describes himself as being, in effect, Ireland's only professional environmental economist.