August 20, 2022 – A Beginner’s View : Inflation, the Economy, Climate, Clean Energy, Health etc, How Are They Related in Our Current Everyday Lives? – An On-Going Inquiry, Part 3 – Food

New England —

I’ve been wanting to write about an item in the mix of thoughts about inflation, energy, climate, the economy and health for quite awhile – food!

I kept thinking I had a handle of sorts – enough to write about at least – then lose the thread over and over again, mostly because new data comes out everyday, with multiple interpretations and / or possible meaning.

So to begin, to give me at the least a starting point, I’ll start with how both my wife and I think about food – without it we die. Like air. And water.

And probably fire – protected and carried by Keepers of the Flame, which gave us warmth and a means of converting food. Probably more commonly today simply called – energy 😊

Plus, it could be argued, as I’m lately belatedly, and grudgingly accepting – also needed, for a mass society, is a standardized transactional means of exchange, ie : money.

It’s hard to imagine a large world wide population such today’s existing without those items.

But I’ll start with food, since 3 minutes without air = death, as does 3-5 days without water, and food apparently we “might” could go 1 1/2 to 2 months; though I sorely don’t want to test that 🙏

Essentially then, I gonna assume we don’t test the “without water or air” thesis, at least right away, and focus on food.

Sri Lanka —

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Food right now is being targeted as a heavy inflation-recipient, which most of know is mostly true, esp if we don’t bargain shop ( shop the ads, coupons, etc ), and / or mostly buy either only extremely high scale food and drink items, and / or junk food.

Food, my wife tells me, and she’s intimately involved in ads from all the major and some of the better minor grocery outlets here in Austin, is definitely costlier. But not to the degree we read or hear about on the news. We eat healthy and well, but not fancy. Yet, I can personally tell you, the meals she fixes us are “delicious!” 💕

Yet, what I most notice most often, is how “food”, much like “wages” ( vs salaries ), are a huge driver of inflation. Things like, paraphrasing – “manufacturing is down but food is up, so food is a big cause of inflation.” I also often see “wages” inserted in place of food 😏

Now, yes, wages can be and I think often are unfair and insufficient for the contribution of labor ( am I revealing myself too loudly as working class, lol! 😊 ) – but food, well..we can’t live without it!

And climate, evidently and more than evidently, is playing a heavy hand in our production and availability of food. And climate, even if unknown to what effect extent, has been corrupted by human behavior not much related to workers and wages.

The responsibilities reside more in places decisions are made : in boardrooms and government offices than a chair in front of a computer, or a person beside an assembly belt. But the solutions, I believe, are gonna have to encompass both levels of society – and – across all our societies here on Earth.

In the same way we are losing our water supply ( and air quality ), because of Climate Change, we are apparently losing our food supply.

And if that is true, then neither modulations of interest rates ( though useful for other purposes ) nor divergences about causations nor borders between states and countries nor ( ultimately ) who is rich and who is not, will save us – much less the price we’ll collectively ( which to me means all of us proportionately according to means ) have to pay to try and fix….

The world —

Can we as a species, as a people, possibly change and avert the worst?

I believe we can, though there’s no guarantee…

But we have a start —

Now we can choose to be ready to do more…..

Stay well everyone! Stay hopeful!! ❤️

Adan

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Stay well everyone – for oneself, and for those who need us most..the children….

Adan

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