The price of industrialization is often hidden, but sometimes it’s out in the open. Here is a nursery within a new apple orchard. These trees would have been grafted under a government subsidy, using a mechanized grafting tool and unskilled labour. Also unskilled was the nursery production that followed.
Here’s a closer look.
Weak grafts, unsuccessful grafts, poor unions, you name it. The white paint is so that weed control can be done chemically. The orange bark indicates herbicidal overspray. Each of these trees represents $2.50 of government thrown away. Wouldn’t it be better to develop skills and hire skilled workers? Each of these trees should be straight and well over one metre tall, and plantable, for the same price. In short, it’s not the land that is being farmed here but the government.