Help for food farmers

Is definitely a very substantive and positive approach to the new problem that has arisen recently, which is farmers being in danger of exploitation from supermarkets.

The Tories plan to create the new post of Supermarket Ombudsman to allow farmers to complain if they are being put under too much pressure to produce crops and livestock too cheap to satisfy supermarket chains’ demands for plentiful but very cheap foods.

My personal view is that we live in a split economy and have a large income gap. Yet supermarkets supply food to all at the same prices. Maybe if we make those, who can afford it, pay more for items and that those who can proof they are on a low-income, get the same food at a cheaper price, could help farmers and re-sellers to make ends meet as producers could sell at a higher price, making farmers subsidies a thing of the past.  This could of course not include items that are not common and take significant resources to produce, those items always have to stay expensive to curb demand but staple foods should be sold at a  price according to income and not according to brand or quality.  We should all be able to afford organic foods.

It should be easy to give us all a card that contains our income information and if we use that to pay at the supermarket, then a price could be automatically calculated that we can afford. It would help some parts of the economy immensely and would create wealth and close the economic gaps very quickly.  Most importantly we could produce high quality food for all instead of doing one low quality economy version for the poor and a high quality version for the rich. We need to ensure that poor people get high quality food or we breach the most basic of all equalities, which is access to quality food for all.

After all the courts have adopted that system already, they sell court proceedings for free for those on benefits and for a price for all others that earn a wage. There are no 2 types of proceedings, low quality and cheap for the poor and high quality for the rich, because the law is always high quality for all, we should have the same for our food.

The Tory approach is a very welcome step towards quality food provision at a price we can afford. The old economic rule that demand makes the prices doesn’t always work with food stuffs as many are planted months before the harvest, and in the meantime, between sowing/planting and harvest the economic situation might change considerably, as many pumpkin farmers have noted this year when they could not sell their crops at a price they hoped for.

Labour’s approach to introduce meat free Mondays makes me feel like we are living in a war zone and we have to ration our foods; I do not appreciate this approach telling me that I need to cut out meat. It is a simplistic attempt to tell us what we have to eat on what day and tell us even more what we can and cannot do rather than allow us to make our own informed choices.

Why should Labour want us to eat more greens when the planting spaces for vegetables are highly contested by bio-fuel farmers. It’s outrageous that Labour wants to control us now even in the stomach and tell us what and when to eat, which foods.


But the story doesn’t end here, the same problem occurs in the production and sale of consumer goods. We see that for example furniture is produced for the expensive market whilst the poor have to buy cheap self-assembly furniture that doesn’t last very long, leading to enormous amounts of re-fabrication and re-sale of the same goods over and over again.

That is leading to more and more earth warming because this constant and repetitive production process increases carbon emissions especially also as those goods have to be packed and shipped. As well as foods have to be packed and shipped.

Had we the production of quality furniture that lasts for generations (as furniture used to), we would save an incredible amount in environmental terms.

We have to change our production methods and economic models immediately to meet the environmental demands and here the secret to success lies in as little as possible production and less packaging, transport and less waste.

Our supermarkets today are busting with wrapped and packed goods and whilst I like the choice, it is unnecessary to produce bad quality foods to satisfy the poor when we can produce good quality foods and sell them to the poor for less and so produce less packaging because we sell a lesser range of choice.

We can hardly return to locally grown foods because all our spaces are taken up by housing and we have no choice but to import and so to package and transport foods but we must keep this to a minimum. The same must be applied to all other consumer goods that are currently produced in re-produced in abundance, packaged and transported. This needless and vicious cycle of producing and reproducing bad quality goods that cost a lot to package and transport must be stopped.

The rich won’t break a jewel out of their crown if a poor person owns the same type of furniture or eat the same type / brand of food considering that we all need to help ourselves on this problem and become sensible.

This problem is also especially apparent in the immense mountain of women’s clothing we see in our shops, much of it is overproduced and wastes resources at an incredible scale.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Sidney and Nancy Webb
    Jan 12, 2010 @ 00:31:50

    You’re quite right here though Johanna. Too much women’s clothing everywhere. If there were less it would help the environment, save energy, trees and cotton. Less material is gpood for our childrens’ future. Down with too much womens’ clothing.



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