The pine nut industry may be contributing to the crash of an ecosystem. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a majority of pine nuts imported into the United States come from the Korean pine tree, a keystone species found primarily in the southern parts of the Russian far east.–New York Times, Oct. 19.
Humanity, voracious beast,
Gobbling up the whole Far East,
And everything from whales to shrimps.
So here’s my eco-manifesto:
No more pine nuts in my pesto!
I’ll mash up chickpeas ‘til they’re tender
In my pedal-powered blender
Local-source my olive oil
From olives grown in Brooklyn’s soil
And, to make it Genovese,
Add a cup of tofu cheese.
(Cutting down on greenhouse gas
Emissions from a bovine ass.)
Get the water nice and hot
In my solar pasta pot
My carbonara footprint’s teeny
For my eco-fettucine.