Waste and What We Don’t Want

Betsy Burdette of the Tryon Daily Bulletin posted a relevant story about how much buying inexpensive goods REALLY costs us more in the long run. Betsy and Allen came out to my farm to buy some baby chicks. Our conversation turned to raising turkeys and how successful I had been. Their experience had been the same as mine – most of the chicks I bought from non-local sources didn’t survive. The ones I bought locally, but paid more for, did. Betsy pointed out “Each incubator egg costs more, but it is five times more likely to live to adulthood than an egg from a hatchery. So, does it really cost more?”

We’ve become a society of convenience and it’s costing us. As Betsy pointed out:

To change our buying habits will require more time and trouble on our part. It was more trouble to go out to Green Creek to buy eight chicks rather than order 50 chicks on line and have them delivered to the Saluda Post office. Large corporations have made it easy to go to big box stores where we can buy a lot of what we really do not want, but it is still easier than finding a local source. An added perk is that if we buy at Walmart or any store whose headquarters are someplace far removed from here, we don’t have to make the connection between the ream of paper we purchased and the clear-cut down the road.

You can read the rest of Betsy’s article here.

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