Sunday, January 17, 2010

On our local grocery and fresh......

Visited our local grocery this afternoon...seeking only smoked ham hocks for bean soup tomorrow and they had a huge display of very large avocados. I have a weakness for them and have never had success in growing them. I do know a gentleman who does quite well south of us and gives away hundreds of small avocado trees each year. I'll blog on that another day...

So, these huge avocados were a dollar each and I'm thinking that is a good price given the size, although I still believe at those prices they will, one day, be a monetary measure like gold.

However, they came from Chile.

And that got me thinking..... if they were a dollar a piece once they arrived in the US.... what price were they sold at in Chile? That is a lot of fuel and middlemen to go through... So lets think about this. Several thousand miles, either by freight ship or air....someone to handle the transaction in Chile, someone to handle the transaction in the US and sell it to the chain I shop at. All that cost is of course passed on to us.

Not to mention the amount of fuel it took ...thinking green here...

So the price of the avocados in Chile had to be small, even if the shipment was large. Which made me think about the poor workers in the avocado orchards...

Now....at least they have a job, and I don't know a thing about Chile or it's employment practices. Or like my husband said "I wonder how many little kids it took..."...

None the less, my blog today has to do once again, with the food that we eat and where it comes from.... Those avocados were a far cry from local food to table.

And for the record, I opted out of buying those choosing a couple of tiny one's grown in California for our hamburgers tonight. Those were $.50 a pound and 2 didn't come close to those from Chile. However, it was the principal of it....

Chile?