Japan’s Fruit Shams

A hundred and eight dollar mango. A hundred and eight dollar mango!!! Photo credit Stack Jones.

Did you know that 40% of the food grown in the world each year ends up unused, and thrown out? Think of the environmental impact on the overuse of fertilizers, pesticides, and landfills alone. No wonder all the bees are dying, and more than 50% of the topsoil has already been exhausted, or contaminated with heavy metal fertilizers. Bees are the only creatures dying. According to http://poverty.com, 21,000 people die each day related to starvation.

What is it about Japan that the nation believes that someone ought to buy a puny mango for more than a hundred dollars? In Japan you generally pay twice as much for half as little. That’s a 400% gouge. But, this is taking it to the nth degree. One thing is certain, greed knows no boundaries in the little island nation.

At my mom’s home in Miami there are two large mango trees in her front yard. Those mangos are three times as big as this one, and they’re the best damn mangos I’ve ever eaten. Perhaps I should get her to send me several boxes. I’d love to set up a stand next to this shop, and display my mom’s mangos next to this emaciated little shrivel. Hell, I’d take a hundred bucks for fifty of ’em. And… My mom’s mangos aren’t contaminated with high levels of radiation toxicity.

These stores try to justify their prices by claiming these are “special” fruits to give as gifts for people who are in the hospital. Well, if I gave that mango to a recuperating family member, and told them it cost a hundred bucks, I’d have to call in a pulmonary specialist to deal with the heart attack that was sure to ensue.

If that mango greed factor isn’t off the charts enough for you, perhaps the following will settle the score…

Here ya go! A hundred and thirty dollar cantaloupe. Photo credit Stack Jones.

A hundred and thirty dollar cantaloupe the size of an orange. Yeah, greed knows no bounds in Japan. These prices… while the nation is in a recession, uber deflation, and total denial about it all. OMG! And… what of the honey dew?

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