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"If It's Plastic, It's Organic" - Reason's science correspondent goes on a junket to Costa Rica...
Reason ^ | June 14, 2011 | Ronald Bailey

Posted on 06/14/2011 8:02:01 PM PDT by neverdem

Reason's science correspondent goes on a junket to Costa Rica in search of sustainability.

A couple of months ago, an invitation from a public relations firm dropped into my email to participate in an “invitation-only tour” of Dole Food Company pineapple and banana plantations in Costa Rica that would bring together "key leaders in sustainability.” I was eager to go on the all expenses paid junket for two reasons: (1) I have long been puzzled by what is meant by “sustainability” and (2) I used to work for the Tico Times many years ago and have a great affection for Costa Rica. What follows are dispatches from the tour.

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose

We happy band of junketeers gathered for cocktails and dinner at the Hotel Intercontinental to meet with various Dole officials and PR handlers. It turns out that a lot of the “key leaders in sustainability” are relatively young and highly energetic sustainability entrepreneurs. I would get to know many of them better as we toured the countryside, but to give a flavor of my traveling comparneros, let me introduce a few. One of the first I met was Martin Smith, son of an Episcopal priest and woman with a Ph.D. in religious studies from Harvard. Smith had also been to Costa Rica at age 11 at the famous Quaker school in Monteverde. He dropped out of the University of Chicago to found StartingBloc, a program that “blends social and economic value creation” in the training of social and environmental entrepreneurs. He later returned to Chicago to get his degree in economics. He...

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One tantalizer: One of my sustainability companeros tells me over rum and cokes that if a project doesn’t make a profit in five years, it’s not sustainable. Sounds pretty good to me.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: sustainability

1 posted on 06/14/2011 8:02:07 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
...if a project doesn’t make a profit in five years, it’s not sustainable.

And that, in a very few short, but succinct words is the argument for free markets absent government intervention. Brilliant.

2 posted on 06/14/2011 8:06:30 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: neverdem
I have long been puzzled by what is meant by “sustainability”

As am I.

3 posted on 06/14/2011 8:42:41 PM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: neverdem

I always thought it meant renewable, but what do I know?


4 posted on 06/14/2011 9:53:18 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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5 posted on 06/14/2011 10:45:02 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: crusty old prospector

“Sutainability” is the lipstick applied to the pig otherwise known as central planning by the elites in the name of neo-socialism justified as concern for the environment.

This “sustainability” euphemism started to become fashionable in academia about a decade or so ago, and now is starting to percolate its way through “progressive” circles in the churches and among the opinion makers in the media, non-profits, and the government. It will be used as an excuse to tell you what things you need to do for your own good, whether you like it or not.


6 posted on 06/15/2011 5:03:17 AM PDT by Stosh
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