Its cheaper to buy local, organic foods than industrially produced ones except the savings are invisible. Invisible, that is, to anyone who doesnt buy, handle or grow them. Local and organic was all our ancestors ever knew even up to our grandparents time.
Then came farmings Green Revolution of the 1950s, with miracle chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and factory farming. And with it, a host of hidden costs that you dont pay with local, organic foods.
This Tu bShvat, lets celebrate those savings:
no costs for air, land and water pollution, or soil erosion;
no costs for food-borne illnesses and health care system burdens;
no costs for feeding antibiotics to fish and animals, nor for antibiotic resistance in animals and humans;
no taxpayer subsidies to agribusiness, fossil fuel, drug and water industries; and
no reduced nutrition levels in fruits and vegetables.
So, what make these cost ?savings invisible?
First, the agribusiness, water, drug and fossil fuel industries hide them on their balance sheets, which makes their operations look more profitable.
They simply dont account for the costs of soil erosion, pollution cleanup, accidents and illnesses, food recalls, nutrition losses or human antibiotic resistance until an incident occurs that they must pay for.