... in counting the cost

Published on 18 Sep 2020
Tesco sign

I had been asked to send an email to the chief executive of Tesco asking them to stop using a certain supplier because of damage to the Amazonian rain forest. 

Tesco was founded on the very laudable principle of providing affordable food for people with little money to spend, but has this principle of getting stuff as cheaply as possible misfired?  There is a famous line from a novel about people who ‘know the cost of everything and the value of nothing’.  The gospels give many examples of people willing to pay dearly for something they value highly and much of my enjoyment of life comes through people who put huge amounts of energy into specialised activity which is not essential at all.  We like to use machines to work for us and buy food that we do not have to prepare and cook.  Do we take enough care to keep track of the hidden costs of these things? Costs paid by other people and living creatures.