$3.1m for a tuna while peo­ple starve

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

Re­cently, a Ja­pa­nese man, Kiyoshi Kimura, who owns a chain of restau­rants, bought a 278kg (612lb) bluefin tuna for the top price ever, at about $5,000 a pound, or £9,000 (€10,000) a kilo, which makes Waygu steaks seem cheap. That amounted to $3.1m. Al­though this was done more for pub­lic­ity than for profit, there may have been bet­ter ways to spend the money. The like­li­hood of any­one pay­ing the full cost price when they dine out is al­most zero. There is also the con­sid­er­a­tion that the bluefin tuna is an en­dan­gered species and shouldn’t be har­vested at all.

Per­haps Mr Kimura, who may al­ready be a gen­er­ous per­son, could have helped to es­tab­lish some soup kitchens or food re­dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres, so that many other peo­ple could have been fed, al­beit with cheaper food. $3.1m would have helped many peo­ple.

The world should con­cen­trate on mak­ing sure ev­ery­one has enough food, be­fore huge amounts of money are spent on foods for a small num­ber of peo­ple.

Den­nis Fitzger­ald Box Hill Vic Mel­bourne Aus­tralia

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