We've just been reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan and are quite disturbed by the section on corn. Even more disturbing is the fact that so many farmers are opting to grow corn for fuel rather than food. I'm assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) that the biodegradable bags are made from "fuel" corn.MEF wrote:It's up to individual consumers to decide what the future is worth to them.
Granted, they are a better alternative to petrol-oil based plastic but still....
We have recently started wrapping our wet garbage in newspaper. We're amazed at how much the wet garbage does NOT stink. Even though we've just gone through a heat wave.
I fully realize that paper isn't necessarily a good alternative either, considering that trees, while renewable, take a considerable time to grow. But if we're recycling our paper anyway, using a few sheets to wrap wet garbage doesn't seem like a bad thing. The newprint will break down into compost, especially because it's being helped along by being quite wet by the time the garbage collectors retrieve it from our green box.
All hard choices.
I learned that some of the compostable plastic bags are plastic with an additive that causes them to break down into C02, H20 and "biomass"MEF wrote:...hard choices.
But it's pretty clear that deforestation is a bit problem, particularly in low latitude places. https://publicaffairs.llnl.gov/news/new ... 12-02.html