I’m reminded of a time when John and I stopped at Gooseberry Falls on a trip up north, and the visitor center was surrounded by a swarm of migrating birds. The people who work there had been totally unprepared for how many there were. Several birds had hurt themselves on the windows, and others were tangled in the mesh that had been put down over newly-planted grass seed. (That stuff is inevitably a bird trap– the grass seed itself lures birds in, and the mesh always curls up on the sides and forms a very effective bird-catching net. Like the glass houses, it’s one of the many human tools that harm wildlife just as a side effect, and yet they do it as effectively as if they’d been designed to.)
I wonder how much eggs would cost if they were produced truly humanely– not just cage-free, but no killing male chicks, and no killing hens when they got too old to lay. I bet some people would actually be willing to pay that premium.
Heck, I might… but then I’d worry about whether keeping all those extra chickens alive was causing more harm to the environment. I care a lot about individual animals and people, but I care more about preserving the ecosystem as a whole, because no individuals can live without the ecosystem.
Turns out all these years I’ve actually been pronouncing “GIF” the same way its inventor wants it pronounced– just because the letter I is more likely to follow a soft G than a hard G. Everyone else was pronouncing it with a hard G because that’s what “graphics” starts with.
The discussion of “colar” was inspired by a conversation with Rodrigo in the comments of Strip 431, though those comments have been lost since I moved the comics onto the new site. It’s nice to have so many different sources of information in my audience!