Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A Prius for the pantry?

Sometimes in business and in life, we focus on one visible problem while ignoring others that are at least as significant. Good data, good statistics, and good judgment can often help us have a balanced approach; sometimes that good judgment may include approaches such as system dynamics, systems thinking, and action research that are more structured or more formal than simple intuition.

For one example that prompted this posting, I think we often focus on transportation as a major contributor to the draw-down of petroleum reserves and to changes in the environment, and that does seem true.

Thomas Starrs reminds us that, at least when compared to the quantities of gasoline or electricity we purchase in US households, we may be using as much energy in the food we purchase, and we may have ways we can reduce energy consumption in the pantry, too. Thanks go to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Food In The News for pointing out that article.


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