Congress is deliberating about cutting $16.5 billion in food aid, forcing as many as three million low-income people off food assistance programs. As Care2 blogger Jeff Fecke writes, the cuts mean that 280,000 children could lose eligibility for free or reduced school lunch and have to gut out their school day with hunger pangs.
Then there’s the folks at a company based in France, DARTZ, who, in the spirit of the “recent matte black craze” (which I for one have been blissfully unaware of) have covered a Ferrari in black leather.
I don’t even know where to start. What can be said aside from asking how many animals died so their skins could be plastered onto a Ferrari just to get that proper matte (not, heavens forbid, shiny as in the photo above) black look?
If an Italian sports car covered in black leather doesn’t strike you as enough of a symbol of how wasteful and materialistic our society has become, there’s the $666 Doucheburger. As Grist’s Jess Zimmerman describes this unnecessary monstrosity served by New York food truck 666 Burger:
..it’s a Kobe beef patty, stuffed with foie gras and covered in gold leaf; topped with caviar, lobster, truffles, kopi luwak (expensive weasel poo) coffee barbecue sauce, and Gruyere “melted with champagne steam” (what even is that); sent to an Ivy League university for four years; and finally married off to the prince of Monaco. This burger is so fancy it knows which fork to use to eat itself.
Not sure about you but I feel queasy just reading that list of ingredients.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has won kudos (and criticism) for his ban on large-size sodas. How about a ban on foie gras in the city too, just as there may soon be for shark’s fin soup in New York state?
Certainly, people are free to do as they will with their wallets and to put “whatever” they wish in their bodies. But with more evidence about how eating less meat can help you shrink your carbon footprint (as will driving a hybrid, instead of a Ferrari), and about how many resources including water are consumed in raising livestock, the waste generated by such “luxury” items as leather-wrapped sports cars and burgers stuffed with foie gras and gold is something none of us can afford.
UPDATE, 10:45pm EST: Business Week interviewed 666 Burger, whose co-owner Frank Aliquo says the Doucheburger is “satirical expression of these burgers that people make and try to sell in all seriousness” — a “tongue in cheek” statement about excesses such as leather-covered Ferraris and all a joke. What a relief.
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