"I have lived what now, at 75, is starting to feel like a long life. If anyone asks me what has been the great American story of my lifetime, I have a ready answer. It is the corruption, money-based, that has settled like some all-enveloping excremental mist on the landscape of our hopes, that has permeated every nook of any institution or being that has real influence on the way we live now."
A few months back, the transportation consulting firm NelsonNygaard released a fascinating report that looked at what might happen to downtown Seattle traffic patterns if the state builds a tunnel through downtown, while imposing a steep toll on drivers who choose to take it. (We've already written about that report once before.)
Below, for your viewing pleasure, is the most important image from that report. Click it to see a larger version -- and I'll explain what it means in a moment.
There's a lot of information in the chart, but you can ignore much of it. The only thing I want you to pay attention to are the orange and yellow bars:
We’re hooked on meat and it looks like the rest of the world is following in America’s carnivorous footsteps. Mark Bittman asks if we’re paying the price (in terms of our own health and our planet’s) to the now-obsolete primal urge that screams, “Listen, dummy, if you can find meat you’d better eat it, because who knows when you’ll eat it again!”