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Date: 2021-01-22 Page is: DBtxt003.php L070-CX-COSTS-EXPENSES

COSTS AND EXPENSES
DEBITS TO SOCIAL, NATURAL & ECONOMIC CAPITALS
PEOPLE ... THEIR COST OF LIVING
THERE ARE COSTS MERELY TO STAY ALIVE ... A HIGH QUALITY LIFE HAS MUCH HIGHER COSTS
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FRUIT
  • Food is a basic need ... and enough food and the associated nutrition are essential to health and wellness.
  • The price of food is one dimension in the computation of the costs of living.
  • There are also environmental costs associated with the production of the food and getting it to the point of consumption.
  • There are further economic and environmental costs associated with the responsible handling of food waste.
VEGETABLES
  • Food is a basic need ... and enough food and the associated nutrition are essential to health and wellness.
  • The price of food is one dimension in the computation of the costs of living.
  • There are also environmental costs associated with the production of the food and getting it to the point of consumption.
  • There are further economic and environmental costs associated with the responsible handling of food waste.

LUXURY FOOD
  • The prices are higher relative to the nutrition
  • In the case of meat, the environmental impacts are many times more serious.
  • In the case of chocolate there are many allegations of gegregious social costs in the supply chain

FAST FOOD
  • The prices are higher relative to the nutrition
  • In the case of meat, the environmental impacts are many times more serious.
  • In the case of chocolate there are many allegations of gegregious social costs in the supply chain
PROCESSED FOODS
  • The prices are higher relative to the nutrition
  • In the case of meat, the environmental impacts are many times more serious.
  • In the case of chocolate there are many allegations of gegregious social costs in the supply chain

BEVERAGES ... SOFT DRINKS
  • The prices are higher relative to the nutrition
  • In the case of meat, the environmental impacts are many times more serious.
  • In the case of chocolate there are many allegations of gegregious social costs in the supply chain

LUXURY FOOD
Food is a basic need ... enough food and nutritional food.
The food sector in the global economy is one of the most important and has many problems that need to be addressed.
Some parts of the world are short of food and in other parts of the world, people are eating to much.
  • Costs of Living are a net True Cost to Economic Capital
  • Costs of Living are strongly correlated with environmental degradation ... reduce Natural Capital.
  • Patterns of consumption really matter ... meat has very high True Cost.
  • More and more GDP growth may be profitable but it is dangerously unsustainable

SHELTER / HOUSING
SHELTER / HOUSING
Everyone needs somewhere to live. Politicians talk about 'affordable housing' but don't seem to understand much about what this means. People with wealth and high incomes are able to afford housing no matter how much it costs, but people with modest means and low incomes are 'priced' out of the market. This has come about because most of the population is learning little more today than they were 40 years ago and the price of housing has increased substantially, whether it is house ownership or simply renting.

Value Loss ... the Cost of Being Alive
Food I
Food II
Housing Clothes / Stuff Mobility
Education
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