Monday, July 14, 2008

Green TV?

In case you don't have it, there's a new network on television dedicated to green living called Planet Green.

In theory, I think it's a good idea. In theory. I was really enthusiastic about it, but due to my crazy life was not able to sit down and watch it until last weekend.

First, there was a talk show. It was kind of all over the place, and they kept bringing up Al Gore. My stance on Al Gore is that I'll start caring what he says when he starts hanging out his laundry, or having one of his underpaid third-world housekeepers do it for him. Anyone can write a book telling other people how to live their lives, but as long as the author lives in a giant house, drives an SUV, and flies a private jet all over the country, I refuse to consider them an expert on green living.

Okay, but a lot of environmentalists embrace the hypocrite. Whatever. Then there was a show on green eating. They were talking about... pineapple.

Pineapple is a green food if you live in Hawaii or Costa Rica. Otherwise, it has to be transported thousands of miles before it makes it to your fruit salsa. Considering that more energy is used transporting our food from field to factory to supermarket than transporting our giant American butts in our giant American SUV's from home to work and wherever else we go, it is very irresponsible to recommend pineapple as a green food. I won't even get into the environmental repurcussions of clearing rain forest to raise fields of tropical fruits, or the effect of agribusiness on third world economies. Nope, I'll leave it alone, and just say that pineapple is not a green food.

Planet Green=commercial tool.