First and Last

We know from much experience that everything that is priced will sooner or later be sold. And from the accumulating statistics of soil loss, land loss, deforestation, overuse of water, various sorts of pollution, etc., we have reason to fear that everything that is sold will be ruined. When everything has a price and the price is made endlessly variable by an economy without a stable relation to necessity or to real goods, then everything is disconnected from history, knowledge, respect, and affection–from anything at all that might preserve it–and so is implicitly eligible to be ruined…If we put wants (cheap food) first, we put needs (healthy soil, water, and food) last. If we put consumption first, we put health last. If we put money first, we put food last.

Wendell Berry

Love Wins