$3.1m for a tuna while people starve
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