Belaboring the Obvious

Monday, February 01, 2010

If he were smart...

... Punxsutawney Phil would just say, "fuck it," and stay inside tomorrow.

Because, when the fate of the world is in these hands, we're pretty much screwed:

Every so often at Davos you have a short, startling conversation which completely changes the way you think about a subject — and I just had one of those standing next to Dan Barber, the chef of Blue Hill Farm. He’s a very smart, very funny guy, who’s passionate about food on every level from preparing the ingredients of the dishes in his restaurants to the logistics of feeding the planet.

I bumped into Barber as we were milling around the Davos conference center, waiting for the panel on “rethinking how to feed the world” to begin. I asked him what he thought of the food in Switzerland; he compared in [sic] unfavorably to what he was fed by the airline on the way over here. “I haven’t seen a vegetable since Thursday,” he added, looking a bit overwhelmed by the number of things that the Swiss seem to be able to do with bread, cheese, and bit of veal.

When the panel started, I could almost see the steam coming out of Barber’s ears. It featured two heads of state; two agribusiness CEOs; a representative from the World Bank; and Bill Gates. [emphasis added]

Ah, Davos, where the rich and powerful come to save the world. I keep wondering if Gates suggested shutting down the world for a minute and restarting it.


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