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23/07/2007

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That's atrocious news! I dispair of our country sometimes.

I couldn't agree more with the views expressed here.

I've been watching the news here in Australia and wondering how you guys are fairing - is Telford affected at all?

As for free market economics, the whole idea of a commodity being worth what ever someone is prepared ot pay for it is more eviodence of the greed of western econonomics. It is disgusting and I agree wioth you Mark that we should be exploring Fair Market instead of Free Market.

Someone ought to do something...hmmm

In fairness, the price increases might partially be explained by the increased difficulty of getting food to the worst affected areas. In addition, expect prices for British grown products to increase due to flood damage to British crops.

But of course, you are basically right - people are profiteering from a bad situation, which stinks. The only real solution is the rise of the New Co-operatives. The co-op structure is amazing and has basically been untried in our generation - businesses which have a social imperitive at heart and members rather than shareholders expecting a large financial return.

In fairness, the price increases might partially be explained by the increased difficulty of getting food to the worst affected areas. In addition, expect prices for British grown products to increase due to flood damage to British crops.

But of course, you are basically right - people are profiteering from a bad situation, which stinks. The only real solution is the rise of the New Co-operatives. The co-op structure is amazing and has basically been untried in our generation - businesses which have a social imperitive at heart and members rather than shareholders expecting a large financial return.

I think in this case it was existing stocks that where having their prices rise, no new stocks could get in! But you are rightwe will see some rises in produce costs due to crops being destroyed, disease speading etc.

I agree, we are seeing the re-emergence of credit unions and to some degree cooperatives for organic/local produce but not yet for "everyday" supplies.

In Melbourne Australia there is a coffee house called Lentil As Anything http://www.lentilasanything.com/ (A play on the brilliant Aussie band Mental as Anything) that is a co-operative. They have three venues and do some outstanding community building projects. Their food is all vegetarian and the founder, Shanaka Fernando (who actually owned it prior to turning it into a co-operative - thereby relinquishing his own financial interests in the business) won an Australian of the Year - Local Hero award, http://www.australianoftheyear.gov.au/pages/page311.asp . There is a great video posted on the Local Hero link that gives you an idea of the business concept, there is also some great information on the Lentil web site.

Lentil don't have set prices and yet they have three venues that are flourishing! I think it's time Chrstians ran businesses that showcased the new and better way based on Kingdom of God principles rather than Kingdom of this world principles. I am totally impressed with Lentil and am trying to work out how we can get something like this set up in the part of Australia I live in.

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