Two somewhat obtuse innovations in the paper this week:
First up, planning permission has just been granted for a green motorway services. On the M5 near Gloucester, the services will have electric charging points and source food locally. It will use a fifth of the power of a normal motorway services and fast food will be banned. Perhaps the SUV drivers will be able to assuage their eco-guilt by stopping here rather than at the Little Chef. Something in me is a little cynical about such things, but then again, people aren’t going to stop driving any time soon. The more low-energy, locally sourced businesses there are the better. And I only need to conjure up the ‘eco-lotus‘ sports car to put it all in perspective.
Secondly, a group of doctors has suggested that cholesterol-reducing statin pills should be served with fast food. That way, people could instantly reduce the damage they’ve done to themselves by eating an industrially produced, over-processed meal, like a sort of ‘fat offset’ perhaps. I think this is pretty much exactly what Masanobu Fukuoka was talking about when he said scientific progress ends up just solving problems of its own making.