there is a false nostalgia for primitive agriculture, based on limited transportation and the arduous conversion of raw materials into comestible commodities. Rarely is it admitted, much less emphasized, that cheap, quick food — including its embodiment through our sometimes obnoxious agribusiness corporations — is the single most important advance in human history.
Since 99 percent of all solid waste in the United States today comes from industrial processes, eliminating all household waste would have little impact on per se waste," they write. Similarly, the majority of greenhouse gas emissions "originate in industrial and commercial operations. Attributing these emissions to consumers is, to say the least, misleading.
Commenting on the book, Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environment, Eleanor Bader makes the point that environmentalists are ignorant of the actual impacts that their daily-environmentalisms have. Have a read, it’s worth your time.
I’ve argued these same points many many times on this tumblr - that the way to affect change is to get involved in government. Learn what the Federal Register is, find out how local permitting and development works, and write to your local representatives. These things have more tangible impacts on quality of environment than recycling, protesting, locavoring, and shopping green (all good things-ish, but they really make little to no difference in the world).