Self wrote a short short of speculative fiction called “The Forest” and has been getting some nice rejections, like one from The Chattahoochee Review that said they liked the voice.
That’s something. It’s a strange story. About twin boys who keep lobbing tennis balls into the narrator’s backyard. One day he decides to talk to them so . . .
Self decided to do some research on saving the huge stands of trees that once grew all over the California coast. Believe it or not, dear blog readers, this is connected to the story. Thank God for Google.
On treehugger.com, she found a list called: 5 FOODS YOU SHOULDN’T EAT IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT
And the first thing on the list is self’s own favorite food to ingest: COFFEE.
But, it’s OK to ingest “shade-grown, organic coffee.” Coffee is really a shade plant, and self knows this because, in the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, self saw a coffee plant. In fact, here’s a picture:
Arabica Coffee Plant, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park
But according to treehugger.com, “many farmers now grow it in full sunlight, with a heavy dependence on pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers. They also chop down rainforests, destroying bird habitats.”
Next on the list of BAD-FOR-THE-ENVIRONMENT FOOD is: FACTORY-FARMED BEEF.
“Cheap burgers are environmental assassins,” says Logan Strenchock (What a name. Almost as bad as Plutarch Heavensbee), “Central European University’s sustainability officer.” And self has super-high cholesterol so she really shouldn’t be eating beef anyway.
Third on the list of BAD-FOR-THE-ENVIRONMENT FOOD IS: PALM OIL.
According to the article, which by the way was written by Katherine Martinko and posted on the day before Valentine’s Day, “Palm oil is used in half of all packaged food sold in the U.S., particularly cookies, crackers, and soups. Palm oil is the largest cause of rainforest destruction, resulting in huge swaths of Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests being bulldozed in order to plant palm oil trees.”
Fourth on the list of BAD-FOR-THE-ENVIRONMENT FOOD IS: BLUE-FIN TUNA.
“Bluefin is a popular choice at high-end sushi restaurants, but their numbers in the oceans are dropping fast.” There’s a link to an article on Japan’s insistence that the fish isn’t endangered.
The final item on the list of BAD-FOR-THE-ENVIRONMENT FOOD IS: GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN.
“It kills bees, reduces biodiversity, drives heirloom crops to extinction, and requires excessive processing to transform it into high-fructose corn syrup, another ingredient found in processed foods (which should be avoided anyway because they contain palm oil).
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.