Montreal enjoyed several days of warm weather last week, which melted almost all of the snow that had fallen over the last two weeks, and there was a lot of it. Just as I was beginning to enjoy walking to work in my hiking boots, mother nature dropped another big snowfall on us and I had to switch back to my Baffin Island heavy-duty, knee-high snow boots. After shoveling our stairs and the area leading from the sidewalk to our building, I decided to go for a short walk.
As I was walking home, at around 4pm (notice how dark it is in the afternoon!), I passed by one of my neighbourhood fruit and vegetable shops that I rarely buy anything from these days. This decrease in shopping is due to my membership in a CSA, my "putting by" for the winter, and the general changes (I'll call them improvements) in my eating habits. To reinforce that I made the right decision, I saw this display on the sidewalk (left).
Those poor snow-covered pineapples are priced at 99 cents each. That low price made me question not only how much of that 99 cents went towards shipping the pineapples from whatever tropical country they came from, but also how much the workers who grew and then picked them got paid, as well as how much the plantation owner got, and let's not forget the wholesaler, the duties and taxes, and lastly the shop owner where I saw them freezing in the snow.
I would ask the same questions about those mangoes priced at 3 for $2 and the 'maroc' oranges that are priced at $5.99 a box. I just don't see how that makes any sense. I mean, do these pineapples look like they are having a good time?