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Good, good.
Maybe local producers should shift to crops that are actually tasty when grown locally, except that there is demand for grade B and grade C produce.

Agree here, which is why I stated earlier that Westland will always have a market.

I have pointed out on a different occasion that the demand for organic produce might be inelastic: it's the people who either can afford the premium or were already paying a premium for higher quality produce that switch.

It might be, but we don't know yet... Since the mass produced Italian tomatoes still compete price wise by locally produced organic ones. Will the consumer who can afford buying higher quality produce switch to locally produced goods if quality is the same, but the price is slightly lower or comparable? Is that your dilemma rephrased?

Is your problem that when peak oil hits you won't be able to enjoy affordable tasty produce shipped in from the antipodes and the decreasing quality of your kiwi will result in decreasing quality of life?

If it would be my problem, I'd move over to live in New Zealand.

But taken less literally, yes, I would consider a decreasing quality of kiwi as gauge of a decreasing quality of life. (And I'm sure I'm not alone in this, otherwise the Dutch East India Company wouldn't have been a success either.) I would certainly regret that. Don't aspire for the marginal, is what I tend to say. If that makes me a snobby bourgeoisie, I'll accept that lot.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Thu Jan 12th, 2006 at 10:09:03 AM EST
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