Selling Air to China! By James Reed
I wondered how long before someone would be selling air. I remember reading a comic as a kid, where in some futuristic dystopia, bottled water was sold for $1, and I threw the comic down in disgust thinking that it was too far over the top. But, here we are with air now being sold:
“China's breathtaking appetite for all things Australian - iron ore, real estate and baby formula - has gone sky high. Now Chinese people could soon be getting a taste for Australian air, if two Sydney entrepreneurs have their way. John Dickinson and Theo Ruygrok have devised a way to bottle the air we breathe freely and are selling cans of pure Yarra Valley atmosphere for $18.80 each. "We want to give people internationally a chance to taste what our beautiful air is like," Mr Dickinson said. They already sell bottled air from the Blue Mountains, Bondi Beach, the Yarra Valley, New Zealand and Tasmania, and are looking to harvest the atmospheric blend from additional locations around the country. Mr Dickinson said the cans had been intended as a novelty souvenir item to give tourists the chance to "take a bit of Australia home with them", but Chinese buyers had seized on the health aspects. He said China's emerging middle class was becoming more worried about the country's poor air quality. "There is real interest in having some clean air from places they trust," he said. They are right to be nervous about what they breathe in. Research has found that China's poor air quality contributes to the deaths of more than 1.6 million people there each year - that's more than the population of Adelaide. Inner-city pollution is so bad that a Beijing traffic cop is lucky to make to the age of 43, because of constant exposure to car exhaust and dirty air.
Why stop there? Can the entire country just be canned and sold to China? Oh, it already has: