Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Scolding the scolds ...

... Nestle Barge to Ply the Amazon, Bringing Ice Cream and Rage.

If there are people out there so backwards to still be subsisting on food found in nature, Big Food will find them, by land or by sea, and set them straight.
Yeah, which reminds me of Mencken's definition of puritanism: "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time." As McArdle notes, " 'subsisting' in they key word in that quote. People want more than subsistence--they want variety, and pleasure, and novelty."


  1. On the other hand, anytime corporate greed and self-interest masquerade as altruism, beware. This is all about opening new markets by getting people to like and want to buy things they never had before, which they don't really need, which aren't necessarily good for them or their environment, and to which they might become dependent upon. I freely admit I'm addicted to ice cream and chocolate.

    Nestle has a very poor track record in the third world. Remember the old milk scandals in Africa that Nestle was part of? I doubt they've learned anything from that experience.

  2. Well, yeah. But don't you get tired of the knee-jerk scolds, Art? I sure in hell do. We don't live in Paradise. And Christ! Some candy and ice bream for the desperately poor, who can also think for themselves and don't need the likes of Bittman and Simon to think for them?