August 25, 2006
How Unethical is Your Supper?
Joanna Blythman examines a short list of unethical foodstuffs in an article for The Observer, but not in your typical fashion. The only item in this list that I have in my normal diet is the Pink Lady Apple:
A hybrid of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams, the UK's fastest-growing apple variety is colonising our shelves. But it sets a sinister precedent - the first trademarked or patented apple. So although it has been created using material from the natural world's genetic 'commonwealth', the hybrid is now the property of a profit-driven company. Anyone wanting to plant Pink Lady has to pay for the privilege of growing it. Critics say this is 'bio-piracy', the privatisation of our planet's biodiversity.
Read the entire article.
Posted by yi at August 25, 2006 3:02 PM