Author Rose George explores the taken-for-granted environment of containerization around the world, and its often opaque ownership structures, regulations, and inhumane working conditions. The world of container ships has everything sized in terms of twenty foot equivalent units. Ninety percent of our modern world's consumption travels by these means, and make it possible to send a can of beer around the world for about a penny. As the book describes, this creates odd incentives which make it cheaper catch fish in Scotland, freeze them and ship them to China, filleted them, re-freeze them, and shipped them back to Scotland, where they are sold in a Scottish grocery store at less than had the processing all have been done locally by Scottish workers.
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