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Buddhists and Carbon Credits: What Are They Really Offsetting?

What did the Buddhist say to the hotdog vendor? “Make me one with everything”, says the Buddhist. The hotdog vendor hands over the food and the Buddhist hands over twenty dollars. He eats the hotdog but feels nothing. Disappointed, he says “hang on a minute, where’s my change?” And the hotdog vendor replies, “Change comes only from within.” As people will be well aware, the humour of this story derives from the ambiguity of language. But it is the pithy final line that is most provoking. The vendor’s witty reply matches the Buddhist’s complex food request by targeting the very…
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Archie Thomason is an Associate at Milltrust International LLP, where he divides his time between assessing and executing private investments in the sphere of the future of food production.
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