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Thankful for Trade: It Saves People from Starving
Posted By Salim Furth, Ph.D On November 22, 2012 @ 4:05 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled
Thousands of people are not starving to death in Michigan. This shocking development comes despite one of the worst harvests in memory .
The miracle of trade will save millions from starvation this winter, as residents of the drought-stricken eastern U.S. line up at supermarket checkouts to bag up life-saving foodstuffs imported with alacrity from origins as far-flung as Chile and Washington State.
Trade in food is vital to modern life even in the best of times, but the double disaster for agriculture in the Northeast (a hard frost and then a drought) highlights just how resilient global food distribution is and how firm a foundation free trade is for human well-being.
Although the meager harvest is a great financial hardship to many involved, its cost is measured in dollars, not lives.
Even when confronted with sky-high prices for local apples or a meager crop in their own county, Americans can celebrate Thanksgiving this week grateful for worldwide blessings stuffed with traded food.
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URLs in this post:
 worst harvests in memory: http://www.sentinel-standard.com/article/20120928/NEWS/120929462
 orchards: http://erwinorchards.com/wordpress/u-pick-apple-dates/
 fields: http://greatlakesecho.org/2012/10/02/drought-hurts-michigan-soybean-harvest-southern-counties-hit-hardest/
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