Capitalism – Humanity's Greatest Invention?
In an article published online By Darragh Roche On 11/28/20 at Newsweek.com:
Whole Foods founder and CEO John Mackey said on Friday that capitalism is humanity's greatest invention and doesn't deserve the criticism it receives.
Answer me this Mr. Mackey, if “Capitalism” is so great, why does the US waste up to 40% of the food produced in the US?
From the US Department of Agriculture:
How much food waste is there in the United States?
In the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply. This estimate, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. This amount of waste has far-reaching impacts on society:
- Wholesome food that could have helped feed families in need is sent to landfills.
- Land, water, labor, energy and other inputs are used in producing, processing, transporting, preparing, storing, and disposing of discarded food.
USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) defines food loss as the edible amount of food, postharvest, that is available for human consumption but is not consumed for any reason.
I mean, considering this guy Mackey told his “team members” back in March of this year;
On Wednesday, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey sent out an email to grocery store employees with a list of benefits and options for those who fall sick during the coronavirus pandemic.
Among his six suggestions was an option for employees to “donate” their paid time off (PTO) to coworkers facing medical emergencies.
“Team Members who have a medical emergency or death in their immediate family can receive donated PTO hours,” Mackey wrote in an email reviewed by Motherboard, “not only from Team Members in their own location, but also from Team Members across the country.”
I mean, who wouldn't love Capitalism, if they don't have to absorb the cost of caring of their employees during a healthcare and unemployment crisis?
Gee, Mr. Mackey, how has Capitalism's invention benefited your employees left out in the cold of the “market place”, and certainly left out of your cold, dark heart, the words and deeds of which displays your empty soul as a human being?
Gee, we can put a man on the moon with less computing power than today's cell phones, but we can't fix the 30-40% waste in our food supply, because Capitalism is humanity's greatest invention?
The intellectual disconnect is mind boggling.