LETTER: If the price goes up, it must surely come down?

2016-02-09 06:00

There is one thing we all have in common and that is that no matter your race, we all have red blood and all, well most of us, have common sense.

I always admired people who, when on a podium or public platform, used plain simple logic sense and sentences to get their message across to their audiences. Many inventions – when they are patented and then placed on shop shelves or being advertised – are seen by the general public only to realise that the inventor used plain common sense and then placed this common sense theory into a tangible product.

Why this simple lecture on common sense? What is the point I want to make to myself and to the consumer?

We all are consumers.

We noticed on the shelves of our shops and butchers how slowly and surely the meat price – our main source of protein – went up to almost unaffordable heights, but we still in a small way bought meat but in lesser quantities (and thank goodness for specials).

Now all of a sudden we have drought and this lack of water plays havoc on the farms because our animals, or rather the farmers’ animals, are being negatively affected in feed and life-giving water and this leads to starvation and appeals for relief funding from the government.

These funds cannot give water nor feed, only rain and water does this, as nature intended.

Now the farmer has control over the number of animals he sends to market and this control, common sense tells us, kept the monetary value up of meat products, because this strategy kept prices high for us, the struggling consumer.

Some of us, I might just add, contemplated starting free-range animal farming in suburbia but bylaws and neighbourly complaints threw brakes on the front wheels of our farming ideas.

Here is where I lose the plot completely: the farmers, and we thank God for our farmers, are now forced to slaughter their animals on an almost genocidal scale and now the markets, common sense tells us, is so flooded that the prices must come down.

This is not the case with this flood of meat – rather a herd in the fridge than starving on the field. And yet the prices still go up. To get rid of this meat one would think, with the common sense it deserves, the prices must come down.

Can someone with common sense explain to us, the common consumer, how this meat flood is not benefiting, for a change, the consumer?

Keith Blake, Ottery

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