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Monday
May282007

Follow-Up on Pigs, Trail Mix, and Carbon

Catching up on the reading after being on the road for a week is always interesting. The trends and issues bubble up just slightly out of chronological order as I read down through the pile.

One story that caught my eye is that food banks are getting far fewer donations from companies that have long donate improperly labeled or slightly odd canned and packaged material. Food bankers have to work “twice as hard to get half the amount of food”.

The article went on to cite improvements in the manufacturing process as the source of the problem. Make to Order and improved process control were speculated as the reason. But this was clearly speculation.

I couldn’t help but wonder, does this have anything to do with the pigs? Does the ready market for slightly wrong materials as a substitute for corn in agriculture reduce donations to food banks? If so, it is yet another unintended consequence of choosing solutions to energy problems in Washington rather than creating markets…

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