Borsodi’s Law

“Distribution costs will tend to move in inverse proportion to production costs.”

That is, although small-scale local production of food, goods and services tends to be more expensive (per unit produced) than large-scale centralised production, these costs are offset by lower distribution costs (i.e., less transport).

It does not follow that locally-produced goods will always be cheaper, because so many variable factors (such as wages and fuel costs) are involved, as well as the economies of scale that are available to larger systems. However, it does follow that, as the cost of fuel for transport increases, the relative advantages of local production can be expected to increase.B16


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