Posted by: eileenandrory | September 21, 2009

Globalisation – Good or Evil?

Globalisation is good.

It allows the propagation of ideas to areas that where previously inaccessible.

It allows cheap products to be distributed and all of the other aspects of ‘economy of scale’

Foremost in my mind right now is out of season fruit and vegetables.

Globalisation means i can eat strawberries all year round <albeit at inflated prices in the off season>.

 How can that be bad?

Sure putting a strawberry onto a plane, flying it to the local supermarket for me to buy is probably not the most environmentally friendly thing to do, but it does mean i get my red fruit intake in winter.

So is it Evil?

How about this scenario:

The local community specialises in the thing that it is good at, whether it be growing strawberries or making cheese, they do this to the detriment of all the other things that they need to do to survive, because they no longer need to grow potatoes, or apples, or have grazing cows because all of that comes from other communities <not necessarily local> that specialise in that sort of thing.

Here we go the market is global you can buy anything you like over the internet and get it couriered to you the next day.

What happens if the oil runs out? I’m not a peak oil fanatic, but let’s assume it will either run out OR become hideously expensive.

What happens to the community reliant on imports to survive?

Globalisation is not evil, but it relies on a whole lot of stuff to make it work, and do you want to rely on all of those things not breaking down?

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