A must read article from the New Yorker. I love analogies. In this one the author examines the mess that was agriculture 100 years ago here in the U.S. 40% of a family's income went to food:
America’s agricultural crisis gave rise to deep national frustration. The inefficiency of farms meant low crop yields, high prices, limited choice, and uneven quality. The agricultural system was fragmented and disorganized, and ignored evidence showing how things could be done better.