Food packaging… new spin on same old thing.

So today’s NYT article entitled “Solution or Mess? A Milk Jug for a Green Earth” starts to address some of the questions I and others have raised. The food industry is going for more efficient containers to ship, but they have not addressed the plastic jug, cardboard palette, cellophane wrapping, etc. all that gets recycled after a single use… and the reason for the efficient containers is to improve long distance transport of milk, which in-and-of itself is dubious.

Fair warning for these seemingly good ideas, but they are still working within the conventional system. No time is spent on real alternatives like local daries with their glass jugs and short supply chains, or changing neighborhood zoning laws to allow egg laying chickens and milk cows. My great grandparents used to have both types of animals in suburban Knoxville, TN just 80 yrs ago.

Check out The Urban Chicken for animal husbandry laws in your town.

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5 responses to “Food packaging… new spin on same old thing.

  1. milking cows in your neighborhood? this stretches credulity. but i hear you, brother. dead on about buying local. unfortunately in whitebread USA, there isn’t any of this. not to mention places in the US where no human being should be living anyway (cf. las vegas–if you got rid of their grocery stores the city would starve in a matter of weeks!).

    we need a tectonic realignment in where people are living to get to the kind of model you’re talking about. but i’m all for it.

  2. The packaging is needed to list all the “nutrients” in the food. MIchael Pollan’s new book “In Defense of Food” is a great description of how we went from eating food to eating the essential ingredients in food such as vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, calories, etc.
    Without the packaging, the nutritionists would not be able to tell us what to eat. The health claims on the package are where the advertising takes place.
    Without the packaging , we would be eating just food instead of eating low carb, low fat, high protein food substitute.

  3. that’s a great point. i need to read that book. i heard an interview with him and it was really interesting.

  4. here is an update from Cliff Love to straighten out the truth about our family and urban farming:

    “Gran lived in Maynardville until she was 16 (1927) when she went to college (Lincoln Memorial University). Pop lived in Murfreesboro until he was about 12 (1926) when the family moved to Tampa, Florida. Both of my grandparents had milk cows. Both had gardens. My maternal grandparents had chickens. I am not sure about my paternal grandparents. Probably not. Gran and Pop moved to Nashville in 1947.”

  5. Maternal grandparents lived in the suburbs of Atlanta. No crops or livestock

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