"The use of paper, perhaps more than any other single product, reflects the throwaway mentality that evolved during the last century. There is an enormous possibility for reducing paper use simply by replacing facial tissues, paper napkins, disposable diapers, and paper shopping bags with reusable cloth alternatives." –Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization.
Today the temptation for exporting countries to restrict exports in order to dampen domestic food price rises is greater than ever. Check out Lester Brown's piece in its entirety, based on his new book Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, in the January/February issue of Utne Reader.