It is not enough to say “excuse me” when you next fart. According to a new company ‘Easy Being Green’, if you really care about the planet you should be prepared to pay something. That’s because flatulence contains methane, a greenhouse gas thought to be contributing to global warming.
The front page of today’s The Australian, features a story today about a grandmother
who’s whose daughter spent A$20 to offset two years’ worth of flatulence.
So now, when Mrs Cracknell farts she feels OK because the damage to the planet has been offset.
It seems a rather Catholic approach; the idea that it’s OK to do something as long as you pay some sort of penance and in this way is pardoned.
That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it? That you can buy the right to fart?
Some diets are likely to result in more farting. At least I think I have more flatulence when I’ve eaten a lot of lentils. Maybe we should ban lentils?
Maybe we should just ban capitalism? It has after all created the wealth to support a large intellectual class with nothing better to do than count the number of times its members fart over a two year period.
I mean how else would Mrs Cracknell know that $20 was enough?