Apples are produced so cheaply in Washington on Mexican labour, and run so cheaply over huge packing lines, and sold so cheaply through integrated wholesale and retail sales chains, that here in Canada we pay Mexican labourers to throw them on the ground so that only the most beautiful can be picked, and all at the same time instead of in three pickings. We couldn’t do it if we paid a living wage, or if we needed fruit volume, run through a grading system, to keep our economy running. Instead we have oil and capitalization, depreciation and tax write offs. Do you like royal galas? Here they are, baking in the sun.
Only a very few are left on the trees.
When ripe, they will cost $1.50 each: luxury items only. Even that will not pay for this investment. Obviously, it doesn’t have to. It is not the Earth that is farmed but capital and customers. Such are the intricacies of life in the petro state.