Monday, June 15, 2009

So, So Certain

Michael Pollan and Robert Kenner have been interviewed about how people would respond to a new ag system, one that they encourage, where food is grown locally using methods from 1950. When asked how people would respond to higher food prices, they responded that people would pay more in food but would pay less in health care. Summing all the costs together, people would pay less.

Really? How do you know? How can you be so certain?

To be fair, the ag industry is just as "certain" about their claims, such as the claim that raising eggs and pork in an environment more conducive to their welfare will necessarily make food much more unhealthy.

So nice it is to be in a profession where I don't have to say anything, unless I really believe it is true!