I agree with some of what you say, dixonmassey. Transporting perishable food across the country does only makes sense if you ignore most of the true costs. But the problem of people wasting their lives doing menial work applies just as much to farmers. People have been farming for thousands of years. I think as a species we should be focusing on other things by now. I for one worked on a farm for a total of three days last summer, and while it was nice to be outside, it was some of the hardest work I've ever done. I would be delighted to have a machine to do that instead. We could be designing farming machinery that causes almost no enviromental impact -- in fact, people probably already have, it just never gets to be used. Personally I think it's vastly preferable that the person who was flipping burgers goes to college and finds out what they really love instead of having no practical choice but farming, like in the "good old days". The problem with machines and free markets isn't that they exist, it's that they're used unethicially.