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There is only one goal. That is to be whole again.

There is only one goal. That is to be whole again. How human beings live and work determines whether they remain whole or are split. ...

7/23/13

I walked down to Andronicos today. It is our local grocery store chain. I had run out of apples that I purchased at the farmers market and I thought I would get a few apples from Andronicos to last us until the next farmers market, later this week. When I got to the fruits section I noticed two things: All the apples were from either Chile or New Zealand. We live in California so that means these apples had been transported a very long distance all the way from the southern hemisphere and now they were sitting here in the store. The second thing I noticed was the price. These apples were priced at $4 a pound! I stood there amazed at the profound stupidity of modern economics! Let me explain:

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.