The Fruits of Civilization (84-4) Food Prices


The prices of supermarket foods produced using industrialized methods represent a fraction of their costs. These costs are uncaptured externalities for polluted water, land, and air, all of which have health impacts on humans and wildlife. In this, food production is no different than other forms of industrialization: all have had a cost far exceeding market price or benefit for individuals, societies, or life on Earth.