Norman Wirzba

Norman Wirzba is professor of theology and ecology at Duke Divinity School and author of The Paradise of God.

People do not float through life in the bubble that is their skin. We are grounded, dependent beings that live through the lives and deaths of others.
July 9, 2015

Today’s transcontinental head of lettuce, grown in California but eaten in Washington, D.C., is emblematic of our dysfunctional food economy. For every calorie of food energy this lettuce provides, roughly 35 calories of fossil fuel energy will have been burned to grow, harvest, process and ship it. Compare this to 60 years ago when one calorie of fossil fuel produced roughly two and a half calories of food. From the standpoints of energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness, we would be better off drinking the oil.
May 19, 2009