Thursday, June 09, 2005

 

When Money Intervenes

When I bring some veggies home from the garden, a few are picture perfect, but most have some kind of “defect” left by insects or whatever else inhabits my garden when I am not around. Lately turnips are in season, and I find that many of them have tiny little bites from field mice, who know good turnips.

That’s no problem to me. But if you’ve ever visited the fields of commercial farmers, you’ll be astounded at the mountains (literally) of vegetables that are rejected because an insect or mouse got to them before harvest time. The reason is that only defect-free vegetables will sell. Any sign of chomping by an insect automatically disqualifies produce from commercial sale, even though it still offers the same nutritive value. If you give such “defective” vegetables to people, they will gladly accept and eat them, but they wouldn’t think of paying for them at the supermarket.

This is an example of how money corrupts and distorts. And it is also an example of how pampered and extravagant First-World consumers are. These people are in for a big shock.



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