Supermarkets are not resilient systems

It's not a new idea, but in the current circumstances it becomes more clear, that our industrialised, centralised, corporate food systems, do not represent a resilient system.

No doubt, they have done a remarkable job of facilitating bulk food to us for a few decades, however I can't imagine too many cabbages or lettuces fell over or went down cracks in the ground, so the food supply itself must surely still be there.

What this sign is pointing to I think (and I'm open to other views), is the vulnerability of a system where we take ourselves to central distribution points (big box stores), to get our daily bread, and fruit and veges and milk...

I saw this happen on Waiheke about a year ago, when the Supermarket was damaged by fire and closed for a few days.

It was a great opportunity to see where else we could buy or find food, and it highlighted our heavy dependence on a single system.

It's time to rebuild, but this time let's build it differently.

My Wife and I shopped at the

My Wife and I shopped at the markets for the first time last weekend solely for budgeting. Not only did we save money, the food was fresher and the experience was vibrant. I'm sure i saw someone from every culture represented. Definitely the new family routine, even taking some jars for the lovely ol lady selling her chutneys and jams.

Will recommend to all.