In an AP article, a phenomena and trend which has been taking shape for quite awhile, is highlighted.
That trend is the limited access to food in rural areas (e.g. grocery stores), and the reason has to do with economics. Smaller operations are generally more costly to run, and larger operations who can utilize the benefits of economies of scale to offer products and services for a lower price – will be able to attract more customers who are looking for cost-savings (especially if facing bad economic conditions).
Government proposals will include spending initiatives, and there are grants and other opportunities for these small grocery stores to try and stay in business. What is truly sustainable, though, would be for consumers to change their purchasing patterns. Because if the demand is not there, you cannot subsidize it – it will simply not work in a free market (and we are assuming that we are keeping the free market that we have).
So, if you are reading this and are a consumer and want to make a difference – find local farmers, ranchers, and producers to support, and be willing to spend some extra money to keep them in business. If we keep our local guys open, and help their businesses to thrive, then eventually we will actually see local food prices decrease, and the wonder and beauty of economics in a free market can once again be realized.
It will take time, it is not easy, and we must all work together. But it is possible.
– Tisha Casida