So this week Madeleine Albright joined Twitter. Kinda classes up the joint, dontcha think? (Washington Post)
Stephen Colbert and his Report got their due and wasn’t his friend so sweetly happy for him? (NBC News)
With clear eyes and a full heart, I may start playing with paper dolls again. (Mental_Floss)
“Underneath everything in your life there’s that thing, that empty, forever empty”: Louis C.K. And he was talking about smartphones. (LA Times)
And the debate rages on. Yes, I’m talking about Chipotle’s haunting video depiction of factory farming. The LA Times says settle down, it’s just an ad. And that’s just the point, say others, calling it manipulative advertising (is there any other kind?) and pointing out the corporation doesn’t exactly live up to its sustainable-food reputation – with a not-too-subtle Funny or Die parody leading the pack.
I don’t believe the all-or-nothing mentality is going to work with the issues of factory farming, factory farm-animal welfare and sustainability of the food supply. Yes, it’s hard to feel like jumping up and down when a giant corporation like Subway says it will phase out gestation crates over ten years. That’s a whole lot of suffering for a whole lot of pigs for a whole lot more years. But it is progress.
And while we’ve all learned the hard way not to believe almost anyone anymore, from the experts in our financial and education institutions to our elected representatives – and we most certainly know better than to swallow commercial advertisements hook, line and sinker – I’m not sure it’s doing any of us any good to dismiss it as nothing but a ploy for profits when a company states, ” We‘re tired of industrial agriculture degrading the quality of the American food supply. We want people to know as much as possible about how their food is raised”.
We may not take them at their word, but when Chipotle declares, “Our goal for ‘The Scarecrow’ is to bring awareness of important issues to a broader audience, and we hope it entertains you as much as it makes you think”, I think we should believe they want a real conversation, with tough questions, and the public demanding more progress, so that they can prove that they truly are, “dedicated to creating a sustainable, healthful, and equitable food future”. (Chipotle Cultivate Foundation)