This year the shifting weather patterns has meant that apples have arrived at the local farmers markets three weeks early. These are local organic apples grown a short distance away and brought to the market by the apple grower. He has priced his apples at $2 a pound. My local store on the other hand uses modern supply chains to create a complex process of orders that create a number of disturbances on the environment: shipping apples such a long distance means that the environment is burdened as the shipping and transportation creates costs that are not accounted for: pollution, use of fossil-fuels and the accompanying wars that support a fossil-fuel based economy. After all this complicated, convoluted processes that are supposed to create massive economies of scale for the 'consumer', the store has to charge twice as much as locally-grown apples that are in season.
There is a massive illogic to classical economics that we accept meekly if we do not create change in our communities. Unchecked, this illogic will destroy us slowly. That is why I write.