Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Economics For Locavores

Economics For Locavores

How can we possibly gather enough information to compare the opportunity costs of land, fertilizers, equipment, workers, transportation and energy costs (among many others) and reach a conclusion about which tomato imposes the fewest costs on our neighbors?

Well, it turns out there’s actually a way to do that. You do it by looking at a single number that does an excellent job of reflecting all those costs. That number is known as the price of the tomato.

 related article:  Your trashman is spying on you.



We all need to get passed the notion that humans have anything to do with the weather. It is too vast, too chaotic, and too unpredictable to rationally suggest that a little bit of carbon dioxide is driving the whole thing. -- Alan Caruba


"[I]t is a truth which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger, when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion." -- Alexander Hamilton

"Even today a crude sort of persecution is all that is required to create an honorable name for any sect, no matter how indifferent in itself." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


"Persecution readily knits friendship between its victims." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


I tasted these at Central Market in Dallas.  This is the way chocolate should be eaten.


The Spanish were like The Borg of the 16th century world: Resistance is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.



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