Cutting off the trading chain - The fruit chain (pay attention, it is a bit provocative)

When we go to a superstore or a shop to buy something we frequently have no idea of what was the iter that the stuff we buy has done before arriving in our hands.

For example,

- a farmer had to pay a worker to collect his fruits and other things he/she had used to grow up them;

-  then a person paid the farmer and bring the fruits to a wholesale market;

- a distributor bought the fruits  at the wholesale market to sell them to stores, superstores, or to street market vendors;

- someone buy the fruits.

If I pay 1 € per one kg of fruit at the street market, how much money did the farmer get for that kg and, more important, how much he got after having paid all his/her costs of production? How many kgs of fruits have his/her to sell to got a decent revenue? How can a pineapple cost 1 € or less at the street market in Italy, considering it has traveled from a tropical country to Italy?

I think to be lucky to live near the countryside and when I have some tens minutes I get to the farmer to buy directly from him/her (they are a family with brothers and sisters).

Yesterday I got these fruits: around 7-8 kg for 6 €


The pears (they are called "Abate" are not just ripe, I'll leave them to mature some days.


Plums (Californian variety even if made in Italy), one of my favorite kinds.


These plums are a little bitter, but tasty.


And I have a clear idea on the origin of fruit I have got. 


All images were taken by me with the smartphone camera.



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I am Italian, over 50, interested in many things: geology, science fiction and cryptos

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