Mar 22, 2007

No Impact Man in NY

Check out Colin Beavan in the NYTimes today. I wish the article explained why spices, vinegar, and olive oil are out. We buy vinegar and olive oil in bulk, reusing the containers. Maybe the diet is just much more difficult in NY than in Cal.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spices, vinegar and olive oil are not produced within 250 miles of New York City and those are the rules they chose to play by. Their BIGGEST impact of course was having a child despite the fact that she wasn't produced in the "no impact" year.

Christine said...

I think it's because they are not produced within a 250 mile radius of NYC. He says that is the criteria in the article.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I just discovered your website through the NY Times article link. Anyway, I was wondering the same thing about olive oil and spices, two things I absolutely love. But then it occurred to me that this may be because of his rule of only buying food that has been grown within 250 miles of Manhattan. So olive oil and spices may not meet that requirement.

Ciao

Bobby

Andrea said...

I really enjoyed reading the article on the NY Times. Quite inspiring. I'm quite stymied living in a dorm in Los Angeles but inspired all the same.

AndreaD said...

The olive oil and vinegar thing is probably because they limit their diet to food grown within 250 miles of NYC. To my knowledge, there aren't many olive groves in the NE US.

Wendy said...

I live in Maine. I haven't found very many olive trees growing in New England, hence the no olive oil rule. Of course, apples do grow prolifically througout the northeast, and so people in New York should be able to find apple cider vinegar .... Anyway, eating within 250 mile radius of one's home in the northeast excludes a lot of food, including oranges, bananas and avocado ;).

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to think of where the population centers would be if people lived within 250 miles of where the healthiest food grew -- and in such a mix that didn't give you too much of one thing and too little of another.

Perhaps this the old world definition of Paradise: just the right blend within one location.

Nathan said...

I am the only one that ses the irony in this!?! They say that they are coohing to make "no impact" yet they live in one of the largest, pollution breathing cities in America. Try living off of only local grown food and getting it without a vehicle when you live out in the sticks. All of these enviro "no impact" groups live in huge cities! If you really want to make "no impact" move out to the country, live off the land, and get your water from the creek! As long as these groups live in these giant behemoth cities and spout their eco-agendas I will only see them as hypocritical mockeries.

Clint Green said...

I just read the NY Times report and have looked at your website. If "saving" the environment means living a 19th century style life, then the hell with it. Bring on the deluge! At least these folks are not forcing the rest of us to live this wierd miserable half-life. If you guys want to do this, then go ahead, but leave the rest of us to our lives.

Jen said...

Does anyone else find it a bit odd that the main reason that they're doing this is for a book deal?

aleesaadams said...

To Nathan and other detractors- that sort of attitude really bothers me. SOMETHING is better than nothing. So if city people take steps to do what they can given where they live, why criticize?? Everyone can't move to the country.

These people aren't saying everyone should move to NYC (or the folks on here to SF) so they can live like them, they're not saying they think they're better than anyone else (in fact their admissions of how hard this is and their guilty pleasures reveal this)- they're just sharing some green ideas they are trying out.

I don't know why you and many other readers who posted negative comments on the NY Times site are so defensive. As if their actions are a dig against you? Everyone should try and do as many little things as they can, some may give 100% others 2%. While I think NO Impact man and his label-loving wife won't stick to all of them forever, it's great that they're exploring, and if half or even just 1/4 the new ways stick after their year, that's progress in the name of something positive.

And what is so bad about a book?! If only people would read more these days...

Abstract Figure said...

I fully agree with the above post by aleesaadams. What the hell!? Are people that insecure and/or guilt ridden or just clueless?
Clearly EVERYONE in the all the major cities AREN'T going to move to the country SO it would be much more useful for people IN the cities to learn how to live with LESS IMPACT...hence [Colin/"No Impact Man" and Rachel here at Compact]showing others how it can be done(... or rather SHARING their experiences).