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  • "Chewie, wait, wait, don't!"

  • You've been caught!

  • With your pants on the ground!

  • And you're out of toilet paper.

  • And you can't get anymore.

  • At least, not how

  • you'd normally go about getting it.

  • But toilet paper isn't the only thing you need.

  • There are five food groups.

  • But all you've got

  • are empty cupboards.

  • They range in size, and style,

  • and the type of goods they provide.

  • But, these are the places where most people

  • in developed countries get their food.

  • And they often get

  • much more than they need.

  • Grocery stores provide necessities,

  • but they're also designed to make money.

  • There is a science to the way that

  • grocery stores are laid out.

  • They entice customers to purchase

  • items they don't necessarily need.

  • And this explains why some grocery stores

  • stock as many as 45,000 different items,

  • while the average consumer only needs

  • about 300 items in their home.

  • For those tech-savvy,

  • computer wizards among you viewers,

  • yes, we know, you can do

  • all your shopping online.

  • But a world without grocery retailers

  • would have fewer grocery wholesalers.

  • The food you'd want would still exist,

  • but it wouldn't be as readily available,

  • because massive supply chains

  • will have been disrupted.

  • And even if you were willing to pay

  • a higher price for online groceries,

  • some of the items on your list,

  • like fresh produce,

  • would be harder to get.

  • Maybe you like to start your day

  • with a healthy dose of potassium,

  • or something sweet,

  • like a chocolate croissant.

  • Well, if you live in the U.S. or Canada,

  • for example,

  • you'd have to change your routine.

  • Bananas and cacao aren't grown there.

  • And with fewer

  • international exports and imports,

  • the goods we love from abroad

  • would be harder to obtain.

  • From now on,

  • most of the flavors you'd taste

  • would be much more domestic.

  • So while we wouldn't enjoy the convenience

  • or the variety we take for granted today,

  • we wouldn't be in a total crisis.

  • In fact, we'd probably live

  • healthier, happier lives.

  • And we'd save some money too!

  • For the items you couldn't get online,

  • you'd have to visit specialty stores

  • or local farms

  • to get your produce,

  • meat,

  • fish,

  • wheat,

  • and dairy.

  • While it would be incredibly time-consuming,

  • it would make you a smarter consumer.

  • You'd think more about what you need,

  • and wouldn't be as easily exposed

  • to impulse marketing,

  • like all that candy at the register.

  • You could also just start growing

  • your own fruits and vegetables.

  • Neighborhoods could establish

  • community gardens,

  • which have been proven to reduce crime

  • and would provide low-income families

  • with access to healthy food.

  • Community gardens also improve

  • local air and soil quality.

  • They increase biodiversity,

  • and they reduce neighborhood waste

  • through composting.

  • But if we're okay for food,

  • what about toilet paper and other necessities?

  • Okay, so toilet paper

  • you might have to buy online.

  • Or you could just take a shower

  • when you're done your business.

  • Or you could treat yourself and buy a bidet.

  • Who knows? It could be fun!

  • As for soap, you can make that yourself too.

  • All you really need is

  • So while we've proven that

  • we could survive,

  • and probably thrive without grocery stores,

  • making the change would

  • definitely be a hard adjustment.

  • We could probably build

  • happier and healthier communities

  • if grocery stores closed,

  • but we'd also have to adapt our tastes.

  • There are pros and cons to grocery stores.

  • One of the benefits is being able to taste

  • flavors from faraway places,

  • which we wouldn't be able

  • to access so easily without grocery stores.

  • Then again, grocery stores encourage

  • people to buy beyond their needs,

  • and spend beyond their means.

  • And the food that isn't sold goes to waste.

  • Now, while we might not see

  • a mass closure of grocery stores anytime soon

  • we can still learn from this WHAT IF

  • by thinking more about our shopping habits,

  • and becoming smarter consumers.

  • Grocery stores are a good reminder that

  • we all have the same needs.

  • So think harder about what you really need,

  • while considering other peoples' needs as well.

  • But if you think we're all big spenders now,

  • can you imagine how much more

  • we'd consume if humans were 5 m (16 ft) tall?

  • Well, that's a story for another WHAT IF.

"Chewie, wait, wait, don't!"

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What If All Grocery Stores Closed?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/04/04
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