Tuesday, July 29, 2008

10 things you don't have to worry about

We human beings tend to worry too much. That's just the way we are.

So it's nice to know that there are at least 10 things you don't have to worry about harming you or the planet. For instance:

3. Forbidden fruits from afar. Do you dare to eat a kiwi? Sure, because more “food miles” do not equal more greenhouse emissions. Food from other countries is often produced and shipped much more efficiently than domestic food, particularly if the local producers are hauling their wares around in small trucks. One study showed that apples shipped from New Zealand to Britain had a smaller carbon footprint than apples grown and sold in Britain.

4. Carcinogenic cellphones. Some prominent brain surgeons made news on Larry King’s show this year with their fears of cellphones, thereby establishing once and for all that epidemiology is not brain surgery — it’s more complicated.

Trust me, this illustration will make a lot more sense after you read the article.

—Mellow Monk

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