Capitalism is an economic system where owners — those with capital —control business and the means of production. In general, this allows the owner to take and accumulate the surplus value produced by workers, thus reinforcing the capitalist owners’ wealth, power, and control.
Sustainability & Business
Businesses have a profound effect on sustainability. Businesses are permitted to externalize many of the costs associated with producing, using, and disposing of their products, which means that the cost and damage is shared by everyone.
For example: Coal sells as a commodity at about $50/ton. Experts estimate that the extraction and burning of coal creates additional costs to society of over $200/ton.Coal and energy companies profit from the low price, while everyone else bears the costs, primarily in the form of environmental degradation, global warming, and impaired health.
(Other examples include difficult-to-recycle electronic devices and single-use containers & packaging.)
Threats to our food include not only the bacterial contamination we hear about in the media — technologies such as genetic engineering and most practices of the industrial food system also pose serious threats to our health.
- Factory-farm pork production in PA – Hidden-camera video by MercyForAnimals showing cruelty to mother pigs and their young piglets at a Hatfield Quality Meat supplier—’Country View Family Farms’—in Fannettsburg, Pennsylvania. Watch the video. [6.5 min.]
[Warning: graphic footage of cruel treatment.]
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