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April 09, 2007

How Confusing

Jackie Ashley wants something to change about the supermarkets.

Buying groceries is a mundane household task, but it is also much more. It is about the web of local relationships, about the distribution of power, about planning and housing, about poverty and transport, and about our wider obligations in an overcrowded, overheating world.

OK, agreed, it is about all those things. As supermarkets are more efficient in their transport, less emittive than more local suppliers (even given the food miles, getting supplies from the least emittive source seems like a good idea) and as for poverty:

In real terms, the sale of groceries has increased by 17% since 2000 and food prices have actually fallen, by 7%. So we are buying more, cheaper.

So they reduce poverty too? Great, let's have more of them, eh? But that, sadly, is not what the argument is. Confusing, eh?

April 9, 2007 in Economics | Permalink


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I like supermarkets. And so do most people or else we wouldn't shop there. End of discussion.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Apr 10, 2007 5:02:18 PM