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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.