Consider a loaf of bread made at the baker. The ingredients are wheat, water, and yeast. The wheat seeds are planted, mineral and organic fertilizer is spread on the field, the plants are sprayed with pesticides, the fields are harvested, the grain is transported, the grain is hulled and milled, the flour is packaged and transported to the baker. Consider likewise for the water transport and yeast production. The bread is baked in electric ovens.
The seeds are purchased from an American company. The wheat may be grown in any EU-country. The harvesters and trucks are produced in Germany or Sweden, and run on middle-eastern oil. The oven is produced in China. The electricity comes from a windmill, assembled domestically from foreign materials. The magnets are made in China from rare-earth elements mined in North Korea.
Baking a loaf of bread today is dependent on the collaboration of multiple international…
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