The Greek Answer to Welfare

The Greeks have found an incredible solution. Why can’t we do this here in America? Serious question.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/27/greece-breadline-potato-movement-eurozone-crisis

Short snippet: (Click the above link to read the full story.)

n their fifth year of recession, with 21% of the workforce jobless, salaries slashed, one in 11 people in greater Athens using soup kitchens and half the country’s most prescribed medicines now in short supply, that is what more and more Greeks are doing. Faced with a half-broken state, and systems and structures only making things worse, people are doing things differently.

In a clearing on a hillside above the second city, Elisabet Tsitsopoulou found herself buying five 25kg sacks of potatoes, for herself and her neighbours, from the back of a lorry. She paid €0.25 a kilo, against the 60-70 cents she would pay in the shops. The farmer she bought from, Apostolos Kasapis, was equally happy: he got his money straight away, rather than having to wait up to a year – or forever – for a middleman’s cheque.

“It benefits everyone,” said Christos Kamenides, professor of agricultural marketing at Thessaloniki University, of the producer-to-consumer system he has helped perfect. The potato movement was launched last month and is spreading across Greece, incorporating other staples such as onions, rice, flour, olives and – at the last count – more than 4,000 Easter lambs. Town halls announce a sale; locals say how much they’ll buy; farmers show up with it in 25-tonne trucks. Everyone’s happy.

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Categories: Civil Disobedience, Economy, Food Health, Food Storage, Social Unrest | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments

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4 thoughts on “The Greek Answer to Welfare

  1. Here in our town we opened a new fresh farm market….the farmers bring their products, drops them off and then can get back to doing what they need to be doing instead of sitting around all day like a conventional farmers’ market. They get 90 cents on the dollar. No middle man. So not only are the farmers happier but the consumers can now afford quality fresh food at prices at or below the chain supermarket here in town!

    • Yep! What you folks are doing in WV is fairly unique, and a very good idea. It benefits everyone. It’s not some huge supermarket where 60% of the produce and 40% of the meat go to rot and are thrown in the dumpster.

      • Have you checked out Alt-Market.com. I tried to start an exchange but most folks want me to do all the work and physically I can’t, but there was interest from people to use it if it was already set up!

  2. Teresa Sue

    People always figure it out. It’s either that or not survive.

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