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The Price of Cheese In China And US Presidential Election

Updated on November 2, 2016
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I have written for profit since 1974. I have college degrees. I have traveled the world. 4 children. I do not write for profit here.

Food and a different take

Much of the world prepares food in this fashion from Hopi to Swahili to Chinese and Indians.
Much of the world prepares food in this fashion from Hopi to Swahili to Chinese and Indians. | Source

We should all be acquainted with the world's great food airlifts. Theyare nothing short of a miracle by man.

There are a few that are totally remarkable. You can look them up. Africa and Berlin are two of the most significant. How about a billion pounds of food being delivered to those who need it? That means that some conglomerate of peoples harvested and sent their food around the world to where it was needed. That is amazing. Excuse me for not mentioning the billions of pounds of food in smaller million pound increments to aid in disaster from Louisiana to Somalia. It is astonishing our abilities to help those in extreme need.

We are faced with a strange situation now with fleeing people from war torn areas of our planet. We have the complete capacity to bring food and shelter and safety to those who must run from war. It is really strange that we do not do that and instead invite them to flock to other areas. Bizarre that we practice this idea of moving the body to the refuge rather than creating one where they live. Walls and barriers do no good in such reality. For the gates in are open but the gates in for relief are closed. That is just very weird.

What has happened to us? We accept the concept of people fleeing but not the concept of making it safe for them where they are? Take a good look the cost is the same or even more so in the direction of making here safe rather than making there safe. Did you know that about as many American military people were killed or injured in general operations since Desert Storm as on a battlefield? Truth be told, the deaths and injuries during war since Vietnam fall way short of the number that just die anyway during active duty? Throw in drug addiction deaths, suicides and gang shootings and it is not even anywhere close, The amount of soldiers killed in battle dwarfs when it comes to colon cancer deaths.

This notion that going into a war torn nation and creating safe zones is just terrible because of the risk of loss of life, was created in the late '60's mainly by a couple of guys named Rather and Conkrite. And when they did it, it was fully justified, because we were not creating safe zones but rather trying to create unsafe zones for one side.Just think about West Berlin and the famed Green Zone. Think of Israel. And indeed South Korea. We have the capacity just not the will because of how it plays out in the news cycles.

So now let us open our eyes to the price of cheese in China.

I admit this fellow is a friend of my brother's and graduated from the same school as my elder children -- but wow what a song!

Developing Country is the new PC but....

Do we still call them "3rd World Countries"?
Do we still call them "3rd World Countries"? | Source

The goods to the man or the man to the goods?

In 1978 I had occasion to spend many days on a golf course in Guadalajara Mexico. The home was a ranch style small mansion. The cleaning and gardening was done by members of two families. They had Saturday and Sunday off from work. Their living quarters at the home were very nice bungalows with amenities. They were Native Mexicans. I forget the tribe or ejito name. But my wife grew fond and insisted we take them home one Friday. They in turn asked us to stay for dinner. Some of the homes had slab floors. Most did not. Cooking was done outside on Mesquite charcoal. I only picked out about 10 adults but I swear there were 4,000 children, well a lot anyway ;-) Oh my goodness the food was perfect and so much of it. The children were just non-stop play and laughing and singing. The Mescal we men had afterword was as smooth as silk.

You know my question already. It answers easily. Why would they leave the mansion to go home to dirt floors and only one spigot for running water? And we all know the answer. Family and community. Well we returned Monday morning for fresh tortillas and tamales. It was where our hearts landed. Turned out that the gracious owners of the home we were in provided Medical and food to the community.

What was the price of our tortillas and tamales in the village? Actually back then only centavos and not even pesos - small. What was the cost of the food? In order to get stone ground tortillas from corn just feet away, and Tamales with that same corn and a pig raised right next to the corn and peppers fresh off the vine the expertise to make it just right; it took poverty. Isn't that hard core but real? Of course now over thirty years later with organic and neighborhood growers we begin to go back to poverty right here in the US.

So I ponder the question of what is the cost of the abundant mass produced food we have now. Certainly not poverty. As my Navajo buddies liked to tell me, the price is the earth and the earth is our mother.

So what is the price of my beautiful genetically modified food, and what is the cost?

Are we finding conformity or commonality?

Behind the photographer is a wonderful cabin with beds. My sons and I prefer to sleep in the meadow.

At what cost?
At what cost? | Source

Something about dairy.

In Southeast Asia until just the last couple of decades, they had a real dearth of dairy. Cheese concepts were brought in by the French. But that was more for the rich. Milk was quite rare. For both storage reasons and supply. So there I was kicking back on a sidewalk outside a river front cafe on the Mekong. One of those Cafe' Su Dats in my cup and fresh Mango and Dragon fruit and Dura. They brought me a plate of shrimp. Fully with shells and tails. I am starting to peel them and a very old lady comes over and wags her finger at me - no! And shows me to eat them with the shell. My then fiance' giggles politely and tries to explain that the shell is good for me. I had to look it up later, because I really don't like shells.

The lack of fresh dairy in their diet leaves them calcium deficient. But being all knowing they simply replace that calcium by eating the shells. Along with protein. But we have taught them to eat them without shells and buy conglomerate milk. What is the price? What is the cost?

Sorry but cheese in China might not make a whole lot of sense. The cost just might be to big even if the price is low. Now I think most adults know that they indeed have cheese in China, even on their cheeseburgers. Makes me wonder what came first, large dairy farms or Western Cuisine. We seem to create a demand for whatever works for us. What price is that cheeseburger in China and what cost.

Let me just raise this one as the mere mention of the cost of demand is so much more than the price. OIL.

I am an old school educated environmentalist. An old Boy Scout buddy and I were messaging each other with trying to figure out how many trees we have planted and we decided that we could do about 200 a day minimum. And total we had spent about a week doing it. Cool. So between us probably about 3K. I drove by a place with my son this fall. They were clear cutting trees. Of course for more highway. And it struck me that nearly fifty years ago I had planted some of them after a fire went through the area. At what cost our highways. I think were were planting them next to a small road to enhance the beauty. Just above Sedona.

Society - Sorry two with Eddie

Voting for President

I have 3 adult children all smarter than me. I love them. I am 59. I thought about voting for president and asked their considered opinions. They all started on a tirade. I told them to remember who they spoke to and the audience was smarter than whipped out party line and media crap. A asked them could they just speak to the why's and not the why nots. It took some deep breathes but we agreed on what values were important to us.

I paused as they spoke extremely well informed on the issues. And then a weird concept hit me. Should I vote as they wish? Oh being dad and much older I certainly know what is best for my country. But then I reflected that I already had things placed in trust for them. My decisions on such matters is for their future not mine. Perhaps us, who have created much including a wilting earth and civil unrest should stop telling the young ones what to do and start doing as they decide. It is their future after all. I know that sounds like not taking responsibility. So be it. But it seems to me that my generation has chosen yet not paid the cost or price. Perhaps since they will be paying for the sins of their father, I should let them decide how to pay for them.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really like your comment Lawrence, I read it yesterday and cogitated on it. We are kind of falling into the mindset that doing things against evil should be a cost benefit analysis. I think our Roosevelt had that delay when an earlier entry by us into WWII was the "right" thing to do but the cost was too high.

      I shall read your hub.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      23 months ago


      I'm one of few people who lived in one of those 'safe zones' you talk about. My hub, 'Iraq, the Kurds and a personal story ' basically lay it out.

      First of all let me say I'd go back tomorrow if I could.

      Don't get me wrong, it was dangerous, I came under fire (literally) more times than I'd trained for it when I was in the Army! (At least half a dozen times where I was the target!) Yet I'd go back tomorrow because we were making a difference!

      I'll read the rest of the hub now as that's about the price of cheese and as a resident of NZ that affects our national GDP!



    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, Happy Sunday.

      Truly even my young son by his questions has changed my mind on issues. I like to think of really listening to others is a sign of growth. I always learn something new from your writing, thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you tackled several issues which we need to stop and think about. Great that you can discuss the political fray with your children; more dads need to do that. Many will vote who have not thought seriously about why they make the choice they do.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana that makes me happy to hear that you are going to vote for someone and not against the other. That is where I am at.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you Eric I appreciate the boost on my new hub. I guess in this case I will vote for Hillary. I don't much care for her but I like her a lot more than Trump.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, there is this theory called trickle down economics - just a theory really. But with social issues it is almost always a "trickle up" concept. I think we in the west are being awakened but it will take some time for it to trickle up to our leaders.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I am so glad you came by I just loved this piece and suggest everyone read it:

      Dana I have family connections to politicos working within sight of the Capitol. I get some pretty straight stuff. I know I know this is weird to say but I am now only looking at what traits I like. So I will vote for who I like the most.

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      2 years ago

      In terms of educating the dispossessed to fend for themselves, Africa and other countries gave this call long ago. Now some are in the West and practicing the very Principles of which you speak. They are teaching their own at home in wherever, to fend for themselves. More work is needed, but it's a start.

      A truly challenging and enlightening Hub.

      It just may take some time for the West to change its Policy ... to see it in the way of the downtrodden, wherever they are.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Even though we have until the 8th of November, I still am not sure who I'm voting for. I still cannot choose between the lesser of two evils. I was all set to vote for Hilary, but then my uncle came over and made a valid point about Trump and now I'm even more confused. I know that I must exercise my right to vote but I'm so sick of all these politicians saying what they will do and not seeing any or very little results. When you spoke of your trip to mexico, my mouth watered on the tamales I bet they were delicious it has been a long time since I had a really good tamale.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      My children also surprise me from time to time. Thank you for sharing your experience. But with the 3 of them I am pleased they do not always agree with each other. But I am constantly reminded that I new exactly what was right at their ages. And it is not the same as now.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      I am truly saddened about the direction of the world. While some countries are better off than others (and we probably should stop calling them 3rd world countries), some countries seem to be moving in a weird direction. When my children talk about who they are voting for and why they are voting for that person, periodically I have to take a second look at them to wonder if they are actually the children I gave birth to and the children who grew up in my home. It's not so much who they are voting for, it is the WHY that gets me.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes Ruby I think we all have to figure out in our family what is the best way to deal with politics. For me it is a wonderful insight into the next generation.

      We have military service families here that actually rely on some help from food banks. Yes it makes me donate but it also makes me sad.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      My son and I are worlds apart on the election. I do not tell him who to vote for, nor does he tell me. I do remind him about all the lies flung around and to study carefully who is best to lead us. Food banks are soaring, which is good, but the need for them is a shame.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Top of the morning to you Bill. Maybe some stuff here that we should think about. But as we know, if we do it in Love for our fellow people then....

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The conclusion is perfect, Eric! I loved this article but that should come as no surprise.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks John,

      It does seem that there was something amiss in the direction that we have chosen. Definitely a change in course is appropriate.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You packed a lot into this article, Eric. Much food for thought, and nothing I can't agree with. I especially like your last section about voting for president, and that perhaps we should let our children decide their future. Our generation does not have a good track record to fall back on.


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