Produce Informative - Price
I live in Arizona. Northeastern part of the state. I went to the store the other day (Safeway) to buy some ingredients to make a stew. I am a widower living by myself, so I didn't need awhole lot. I was in the produce section getting ready to buy an onion. Two ladies were discussing the price of the yellow onions ($1.99@lb.). They were trying to figure out why they cost so much. "The store wanted to make a bigger profit, the farmer wanted more money, etc., etc.. I couldn't help myself; I asked them how much they were paying for fuel for their cars. They said: "Too damn much". Then I told them; I used to haul produce from Salinas, Ca. to Salem, Ill. That is adistance
of 2100 miles. In a rig that carried 40k lbs of lettuce, that could only travel a maximum of 65mph, carried 270 gallons of fuel and got 7 mpg on a good day, That trip cost $928.44 just for fuel.Now, I was a company driver, so I didn't have pay, but, the shipper (farmer) did. This was unprocessed lettuce. It went to a produce plant in Illinois to be processed into salads, canned goods, and other products for sale to the general public. People want these products in the stores, but, most of them don't know what it takes to get them there. Everyday farms are getting farther and farther from the stores. Manufacturing plants are doing the same. People want the products, but they don't want the facilities that it takes to make the product. There is a meat processing plant wants to come into the city. What is the first thing people talk about? We don't want the smell. We don't care that it will bring 100+ jobs to the community, we don't want the smell. We don't care that it might decrease the cost of our meats, we don't want the smell. I don't understand people. They want what ever, but they don't want to do what it takes to get it. Have you ever seen a railway that goes right up to a Wal-Mart, Kmart, Safeway, Albertsons, or Fred Meyer store??? How do you think all those items get into those stores??? People are going to learn that: "THE EASIER SOMETHING IS TO MAKE/DO; THE LESS IT WILL COST." That $928.00 I quoted before, is what the fuel cost is just to et from the field to the processing plant; then you have the cost of processing, the cost of transporting to the store. The only cost involved in all this, that the public can (but refuses to) control is the fuel cost. Take the responsibilty that God gave you. Control your own costs. Don't put it all off on someone else. It only (I say only because to some people it is an insignificant amount) costs $37.00 to fill my vehicle. I spend exactly $10.00 @ week for fuel. That gets me where I NEED to go and back. You notice, I said NEED TO GO. I would love to go to Oregon and visit my family. But, until fuel prices come down to a reasonable price, letters and pictures will have to do. For those of you who read this, I hope you read it for what it is. It is just a review stating that you CAN CHANGE things if you want to. I only ask: "IF YOU DON'T VOTE, DON'T GRIPE". If you are not willing to TRY and change things, then you should not get upset when things don't go your way.