These two blog posts were written for English 100 and focus on two articles on urban studies topics. The first topic is about food waste and the impact from food companies. The second topic is about the negative impact of cars and suggests and discusses the positives of self driving cars. The main revisions of these blog posts were fixing grammar and wording mistakes and typos.
In the article, “Thinking Outside the Bin: Is there a better way to fight “food waste?” by Marie Mourad, she talks about how food waste is a big issue and how food companies that are “taking action” don’t actually acknowledge the problem’s main source. In a company’s point of view, the majority of the food waste problem is caused by the consumers. By focusing too much on the consumer side, they do not recognize how they are contributing to the problem themselves. Companies present solutions, such as recycling and redistributing, that respond to the critiques and criticism against them, but they do not create a solution to the main problem, overproduction. They hypocritically encourage consumers to buy more and more products despite their calls to prevent food waste.
I agree with this article. Though the consumers should definitely do their part in preventing food waste, companies should do their share of the work as well, especially when it comes to preventing the problem in the first place. Food overproduction is the effect of capitalism. These companies push people to buy larger quantities of their products. This causes the companies to make even more of their product and results in them ending up with larger quantity than what is humanly necessary. If these companies stopped making too much excess food, maybe then food waste wouldn’t be this much of a problem.
In Clive Thompson’s article, “No Parking Here,” he discusses the negative impact of cars and its parking spaces. He also introduces the benefits of self-driving cars. Thompson shares that “we have roughly four times more parking spaces than vehicles” (25). This is meant to point out how the resources parking lots take up could be put to better use. Many parking spaces are not even used most of the time, therefore taking up space that could be used for something else. Thompson also mentions how the need to park cars and the search to find a parking space “generates 730 tons of carbon dioxide a year” (25). This clearly shows how they affect the world environmentally. He then mentions self-driving cars and how they could cut carbon emissions by a significant amount because they could help organize carpools, they are more efficient than people, and they do not need to park. He believes that this could be the change cities need.
In my opinion, I think that self-driving cars are good. They are, no doubt, more environmentally friendly and efficient. I do think that people will have doubts about it as it is a “self-driving car.” People with anxiety, people who don’t feel safe without a human driver, and people who just like driving cars may not be completely accepting to a self-driving only world. I think implementing a system that uses a combination of both self-driving and regular cars, with self-driving cars as the major form of transportation, would be more realistic than no regular cars at all. Though I do agree with Thompson on the issue of parking, as it takes up space and results in harm in the environment.