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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE lETHBttlDGE HERALD Monday, April X, i9, a Hie Swihart A mouthful about food costs If I hear one more middle class Southern Albertan com- plain about the 'high price of food he had better be ready for an earfulL The price of food is high only in relation to the price grand- mother and grandfather paid for similar items. And this un- fair comparison is what Is driv- ing the average consumer to the point of frenzie. The basic problem is the en- tire system of government and living in North America which is based in achievement what you work for is what you get. Since the majority of the pop- ulation has become urban ori- ented, the rat race has begun and with the rat race has come a "screw the rest of the world until I have myself looked af- ter" attitude- People say the price of beef is going to be beyond all reaches within a few years. Beef boy- cotts are being sponsored across North America and this form of "I'll ahow those gou- gers where to go" attitude is becoming all to prevalent. Ev- erybody thinks the world is against him unless everything involving that person is rosy; Every person in the urban society who is complaining about the high prices is in a better position than the five per cent of the population which is producing the food for the rest farm population. People never seem to com- plain about the high salaries being achieved through the Here's Hew to Make It Ram: Bale Hay! Hay bail ing. The hardest, most hated job on the farm. Beat those backbreaking bales with the Harvestore Blues. When you farm the Harvestore way. you put up your hay crop as haylage from the seat of your tractor. You cut it when you want to, not when the weatherman says good weather is on the way. Avoid the rainmaker! Because Harvestore processed haylage is a medium moisture forage, you can take it out of the field a lot sooner. So you get less weather damage, greater-feed quality. The Harvestore System makes feeding haylage more profitable than ever. There is less labour. Greater feed quality. HARVESTORE WESTEfti Contact Solas Itepresentativa Woynt Mofstad <403) 345-4679 strike methods upsets major portions of society. The majority never gets upset when their employer Has to spring for that annual pay increase whether the employee is worth it or not. They never complain about the extra frills and bet- ter schools their children and themselves have access to. Maybe it is because these fac- tors are not rurally oriented. Farm income The average net farm in- come in Alberta last year was less than This is less than a single man who works as an unskilled janitor at a local union-controlled livestock slaughter plant makes. The only way a farmer can increase that net income is to get more for his product or grow more of that product. For years, his income from product has remained relative- ly static and the increasing ef- ficiency due to knowledge and mechanization has somewhat taken care of the increased cost. But all the janitor has to do to get more money is to go on strike. The farmer has invested thousands of dollars and in one fell swoop of mother nature, could be out in the cold. The nice cosy guaranteed salary of the city-dweller makes this look like an infant combatting an army. So once conceding that may- be farmers should be allowed to make a, fair living, the next step is to tackle the so-called middle man. And this might be the right place to start but we must remsmber that the own- ers of the large chain Mores are in the business for one reason make money. They have the same right as all other people in society. But here come to boycotters and picketers. They rant and rave about the high cost of food. Soon they become tired so they put out their cigarettes, a for- gotten commodity which has risen in price constantly_in the past five years, jump into their fancy cars, another forgotten commodity which has a guar- anteed increase in price each year, and head down to the beer parlor to pat one another on the back while slopping down one of tte most heavily taxed items in our society. No complaints about these essen- tials except the high cost of food. Tell me which commodity gives a person the most for his money a delicious per pound steak or per pound cigarettes, a car which costs another per month for upkeep or booze for per bottle. People today spend less for food in relation to the total expendable income or net in- come. European countries spend up to 90 per cent of take home pay for food, leaving very little for the other luxuries of life. Sales tax But maybe one shouldn't be so tough on the poor little rich people. They shouldn't be told to boycott cigarettes, cars and booze. If this did happen, a sales tax would nave to be im- plemented just to cover for the millions of dollars of lost taxes each year. Besides, the profits for the big chain stores would go down and then the employers wouldn't be able to afford the inflated labor costs which keep the high living proletariat smoking, driving and drinking. Speaking about beef, the Ca- nadian Charolais Association is looking for herds of animals which can be used for their con- ception to consumer testing program. Producers are looking for ways to improve their pro- duct by spending money on testing projects government wouldn't do it so the private sector is. The association buys all the non-female animals with the rest used at the discretion of the owner. informa- tion is available from Mr. Day at 218-llth Ave. S.W. in Cal- garyy. His telephone number is 261-5940. The supposed high price of food reminds me of Jock, that canine companion of 15 years. He started his life witn the ordinary food that all pooches get but then with some afflu- ence, he started getting bet- ter food. Soon, if he dioVt get the best food all the time, he would turn his nose up at ft. This is the same as the general public tell- ing the farmer they won't eat anything but the best but don't charge too much or we won't be able to afford the ctber nice things of life. Jock ended up getting his hind end booted and a mix- ture of good and better dog food. I think the public could stand a little of the same. L A S C O N INDUSTRIES LTD. P.O. BOX 15 327- 3rd STREET S., LETHBRIDGE PHONE 328-4850 VTHlNG FOR YOUR BOATING CHECK OUR DEAL BEFORE YOU BUY! SPECIAL OEM! FISHING BOATS CAR TOP BOATS CANOES MEASURE BOATS MERCURY MOTORS MAKE US COMPUTE MAMNE AND BOATSUmiES HEADQUAtiaai ;