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Sweet poison [Jul. 19th, 2006|08:12 am]
Arvind Narayanan
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There's a scene is Saving Private Ryan where the squad is getting pounded big time, and waiting for the next installment to start. They're smoking to try to calm their nerves. One of the characters, Upham, narrates that on his first day, when he was offered a cigarette, he said "no thank you, I don't smoke," which everyone finds hilariously absurd.

That is exactly the story of me and coffee at my new job. On my first day, I said "no thank you, I hardly ever drink coffee." Now I tell that story to colleagues and we laugh about it. I need at least three to get through the day.

[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-07-21 03:58 pm (UTC)
AFAIK there are two reasons to prefer organic: one, if you think large scale capitalism and mass production are bad, and two, if you want to be close to nature and natural things, and if you're into the whole sustainable development thing. I am strongly opposed to both these viewpoints (which is quite unsurprising given my libertarian political outlook). It's not that I think organic is worse, it's just that I don't see anything in it to justify the extra cost.

I have many friends who would probably consider my stance on environmentalism to be arrogant, dangerous and neurotic. (Fortunately I have better things to talk to them about than the environment :-) I remain unapologetic, and will shamelessly link to Environmentalism as Religion.

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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-07-21 11:56 pm (UTC)
wtf dude

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[User Picture]From: ephermata
2006-09-11 06:00 pm (UTC)
Well, there is a third - you believe that the organic food is better for you than the other kind. For example, you might be concerned about pesticide residues on non-organic food. I think that this is the main reason my parents prefer organic produce.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-09-11 06:36 pm (UTC)
That might in fact very well be true: I don't know enough about it to have a position. However, I'm quite sure that non-organic can't be worse than food in India, and since that didn't kill me for 22 years, it's not a factor that worries me :)
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