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Meat Is Cheap

 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:58 pm    Post subject: Meat Is Cheap Reply with quote

Today I went to the local Fred Meyer to buy a whole chicken to roast on my Weber gas grill. I like to get a true roaster, not a fryer. The fryers are really scrawny...and taste a bit off to me. I think the theory is that the chicken doesn't have to be that good if you are going to cover it with flour and douse it in boiling corn oil.

What blew me away were the prices. I was prepared to go to the cash machine and withdraw a day's pay, as it seems meat in the past 3 years has skyrocketed. Well, glory be, I got a nice juicy chicken for $4. It was like someone turned back the clock! And all the other meat -- steaks, chops -- was cheap too -- and it wasn't on sale.

Anybody know what's happening? At any rate, my personal Bar-B-Q today was made happy, due to the status quo!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe you were experiencing the up-side of globalization,
agri-business, and the corn monoculture.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 12:22 pm    Post subject: True prices Reply with quote

Not to mention externalities. Externalities are not include in market values. And so: the runoff that results from mass-produced chicken operations is paid by taxpayers and individuals who suffer the effects, rather than by the purchaser of the product.

Externalities cause inefficient markets because the markets are not reflecting the true price of production. Therefore, too much is made at too cheap a price. Buying things from China is a good example: we are not paying for the loss of jobs, the subsidy of the transportation infrastructure to transport the goods, etc.
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