Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Snickerdoodles and sea creatures

Tim Haab points to an interesting article:

Researchers at the University of Washington say all that holiday baking and eating has an environmental impact — Puget Sound is being flavored by cinnamon and vanilla.
So far, the research has turned up no evidence that snickerdoodles are harming sea creatures, but their research does lead to some serious environmental questions. Fish rely heavily on their sense of smell to locate food, for example, and, in the case of salmon, to find their way back to their home stream to spawn.

Tim’s environmental solution:

I propose a Christmas cookie cap and trade system. You are each hereby allocated one dozen cookie permits per month. These permits are fully bankable and tradeable and can be saved for the Christmas cookie season. I will monitor your consumption and be mandated to take any unpermitted cookies off your hands. I will dispose of them as I see fit.

I question Tim’s motives. Why stop at cookies? A true environmental martyr would be happy to monitor the giving of unwanted Christmas sweaters (see below) that are produced (and disposed of) every year.

Given that the textile industry uses toxic chemicals to bleach and dye yarn, perhaps the production of Christmas sweaters is worse for the environment than the vanilla and cinnamon inputs used in household kitchens. The tighter the cap on Christmas sweaters, the better, in my mind.

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