Our current meat-heavy system of food production seems to many unsustainable, a waste of resources and a source of pollution in the form of pesticides and hormones as well as methane gas from livestock manure.
In Mind Set!, futurist John Naisbitt (author of Megatrends), advocates 11 mindsets, the first of which seems to give the lie to the hoary, ancient aphorism (pace Heraclitus), trotted out by the unthinking on a regular basis, that "change is the only constant".
Mindset 1. While many things remain change, most things remain constant
Home, family and work are - for many - great constants.
Luca Turin was in Zurich in late 2016 and a journalist asked him what he thought was a reasonable price for a perfume. He replied that the price of a dinner for two with a decent bottle of wine in a decent restaurant was about the upper limit, say $120 or so for 100 ml of Eau de Parfum (EdP) or a half ounce of proper extrait. While To natural materials are going up in price because there is more demand, Turin points out that formula cost in all but a handful of fragrances is less than 10% of sales price.
Peter Day argues convincingly that during the past 25 years, the world of manufacture and trade has been turned upside down. We've gone from mass production for mass markets to a world of customised trading for individuals.
This has largely been caused by the internet, which, Day believes, is revolutionising the world in a way that's as profound as that caused by the advent of printing 500 years ago.
As mass-customisation guru Joe Pine, put it, "consumers don't want choice, they just want exactly what they want".
We spend money we don't have on things we don't need to impress people we don't care about - Tim Jackson, #TEDGlobal 2010
In Thoreau's view, the price of our new leather jacket was not written on the tag - it was the three days of labouring time needed to purchase it. Buying a car might cost us three hundred days. We pay not with our wallets but with the precious days of our lives - Roman Krznaric, http://theschooloflife.typepad.com/the_school_of_life/2010/11/roman-krz…
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts - Henry David Thoreau
"Cradle-to-cradle" organisations claim to be able to dramatically lower their environmental impact and increase their "eco-effectiveness". This forms part of a wider drive towards a "circular economy", which imagines ways to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff and re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again' and powered by renewable energy.