21 Jul '11, 4pm

When Did Cars Become The Yardstick For Measuring Pollution?

When Did Cars Become The Yardstick For Measuring Pollution?

Environmental Working Group 'Meat-Eater's Guide' Enlarge Photo If you've ever visited a museum or a manufacturing plant, you've probably heard a tour guide say something like this: "And if you laid all these bottles end-to-end, they'd stretch clear across the state of Kansas!" Through time and repetition, certain comparisons have become standardized, so that we now measure square footage in football fields -- and we measure pollution with cars . It's happened so slowly that we barely notice it anymore. But several of us sat bolt upright earlier this week, when an outfit called the Environmental Working Group published a report about the impact of food production on the environment . What got our attention? The group uses cars as its dirty yardstick to measure pollution. Why? Generally speaking, measuring things is easier when we compare them to other things. Saying that so...

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