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Academics relish scoffing their big slice of pizza pie

Published 07/10/2012 | 05:00

Private-sector workers are tired of being lectured by overpaid college dons, writes Marc Coleman

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It was GK Chesterton who once wrote: "We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders". The joy of life is the wonder in the most ordinary of things. Consider, for example, the pizza. Is the combination of crispy pastry, freshly melted cheese, tomato, herbs and pepperoni not one of the most ingenious things ever conceived? The genealogy of pizza is also fascinating. The pastry in its base employs bakers, wheat farmers and grain merchants. The cheese and sauce employs tomato growers and dairy farmers. The pepperoni gives livelihood to pork farmers and spices traders. Then there are those who package, freeze, warehouse and transport it to your supermarket if it is a frozen one. If fresh, there is the person who kneads the dough, arranges the toppings and bakes it.

So the next time you eat a slice of pizza, consider the wonder in not just its flavour, but also in the hundreds, thousands, of people who can feed their families thanks to the employment it brings. And in how market forces -- you and me making choices about which pizza to eat -- make them strive to be better and more efficient. And also in how pizza-making will for many be a first essential step to doing other wonderful things like being a gourmet chef or making millions starting a pizza delivery business.

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