If your idea of recreation involves extended treks in the great outdoors, your Springtime shopping list will probably include something in the category of endurance clothing. Before you whip out your credit card, though, take a look at the label. If it says “Patagonia,” ponder this before you buy it: the profits from that new waterproof jacket will likely go to fund the next generation of eco-terrorists.
Patagonia funds activist efforts to fight producers of genetically improved food products. The company’s foundation has given more than $15 million to over 900 groups so far. The company’s web site proclaims: “We fund activists who take radical and strategic steps to protect habitat, wilderness and biodiversity.” This includes alliances with such nanny groups as the Center for Food Safety, Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet, Organic Consumers Association, and Greenpeace. We’d rather wear fur.