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Letter: Disruption of food supply chains an opportunity

We live in a totally privileged and unsupportable world in regards to food supply

Disruption of food supply chains an opportunity

Regarding the present disruption of food supply chains in Canada, I haven’t seen any commentary at all yet about the fact that we live in a totally privileged and unsupportable world in regards to food supply.

When I look at even Thrifty Foods, one of the better grocery stores on the Island, I see mainly a junk food store, with, what, 500 kinds of breakfast cereal, 1,000 different kinds of pop/sugar water, both with entire aisles devoted to them, and so on throughout most of the store. An entire aisle of high fat salty junk food is a prerequisite too.

I’m not saying that we should eat turnips and food from the root cellar all winter, though it didn’t seem to hurt my grandparents, but perhaps we should reevaluate what we truly need, start living a less impactful life, and stop thinking that we’re entitled to have every kind of food that we want to eat delivered to us from all parts of the world by truck, air, and sea, and eat more simply. This would no doubt be a healthier diet as well.

As with climate change solutions, the only ones on the table are almost all ones that enable us to continue with our profligate over-consumption of just about everything. Nothing less is acceptable. Therefore, we’re seeing this disruption of the food supply chains as a crisis, not an opportunity.

Paul Harris

Duncan

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