Earth Day at LIFE University

Close-up of an apple

LIFE University’s Earth Day celebration will be held on April 23rd in the CUS plaza from 10:30am to 2:00pm. This year the theme for our display will be “Eat Local, Think Global.” I recently  saw a Time magazine cover that read “Forget Organic, Eat Local” which sparked my interest. After reading the article I wondered how many people in the LIFE community would agree with the statements outlined in the article. This week we will feature statements/opinions from the article in preparation for a fun Earth Day activity. So take some time this week to read the article and let me know what you think!

 Here is an excerpt from the article….which apple would you choose?

 Not long ago I had an apple problem. Wavering in the produce section of a Manhattan grocery store, I was unable to decide between an organic apple and a nonorganic apple (which was labeled conventional, since that sounds better than “sprayed with pesticides that might kill you”). It shouldn’t have been a tough choice–who wants to eat pesticide residue?–but the organic apples had been grown in California. The conventional ones were from right here in New York State. I know I’ve been listening to too much NPR because I started wondering: How much Middle Eastern oil did it take to get that California apple to me? Which farmer should I support–the one who rejected pesticides in California or the one who was, in some romantic sense, a neighbor? Most important, didn’t the apple’s taste suffer after the fruit was crated and refrigerated and jostled for thousands of miles?

 
Read more of the article here.

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