Re: Walking gently - what does it take?
From: Brian Bartholomew (
Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2007 01:39:54 -0700 (PDT)
Racheli Gai <racheli [at]> writes:

> Is buying the cheapest food (conventional, sold at WalMart) the
> environmental thing to do?  Or does one walk gently by contracting
> with a farmer and paying her way more than what they would get in
> the store, so that she can actually make a living?

Now I'm thinking that "walking gently" doesn't mean what I thought it
did.  Let me retract that and address a smaller subject area by
saying: "price in dollars is generally the best measure of resource use".

If there existed a perfectly free market, with no subsidies and no
uncompensated pollution, I would remove the "generally".  However,
today there exist absurd subsidy distortions, such as that animal feed
corn is the cheapest solid fuel to burn in stoves for home heat.


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