Why changing our diets won’t save the Earth

At the heart of this book is an explanation of how capitalism’s need to accumulate for the sake of accumulation drives environmental destruction. Contrary to popular belief, and the hopes of those who advocate consumerism as a solution to environmental problems, production under this system is not driven by consumer demand, but by the desire to maximize profits. The book has some fine examples of how corporations have manufactured needs in order to sell new commodities. Notable among this is the example of the way that processed foods, frequently highlighted as particularly damaging to the environment and health, are preferred by capitalists because the processing itself adds layers of profits.

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2016/06/13/a-diet-of-austerity-class-food-and-climate-change/

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One Response to Why changing our diets won’t save the Earth

  1. Brewster Kneen says:

    Old stuff. (“The book has some fine examples of how corporations have manufactured needs in order to sell new commodities. Notable among this is the example of the way that processed foods, frequently highlighted as particularly damaging to the environment and health, are preferred by capitalists because the processing itself adds layers of profits”). I explained and illustrated this in my 1989 book, “From Land to Mouth – Understanding the Food System” In this book I developed the idea of “distancing” to describe the essential logic of the capitalist food system: The greater the distance between the source of food and the point of its consumption, the more profit opportunities there are. — Brewster Kneen

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