Friday, June 08, 2007
Returning to Nige's A Shopper Writes... I must surprise those impatient with my belief in global warming by saying organic food leaves me unmoved. In quality terms, it is seldom worth the additional price - or never if bought from one of those absurd Notting Hill ponceterias patronised by neurotic people who really do think that food costs that much. In environmental terms, it is a useless or negative force. People obsessed with organic food tend to think environmentalism is about not getting cancer rather than saving the planet. (If, say, 90 per cent of us died of cancer tomorrow, that would save the planet. And we get cancer because we breathe oxygen and live longer, end of story.) Furthermore, of course, Nige is right, there's something unhealthy about the British-food relationship. In fact, the really environmentally friendly food to support is entirely synthetic. Meat made in the lab will soon be possible. This will remove the need for growing cattle, sheep and pigs, a fantastically inefficient and destructive way of producing food. Synthetic meat, I am assured, will be as good as you want it to be. It will be interesting to see if the neurotics still insist on the 'real' thing. Probably, fearing cancer, they will - after all they shop at Notting Hill when almost anything bought from Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range is half the price and twice as good.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 5:12 am