Charcoal is used to fire-up our barbecues, and most anything else we need to grill. There is an entire supply chain that turns them from trees into a cooking fuel, and we saw part of it at the Jordan RORO port on the island of Guimaras.
The trees are grown on the island, and when harvested, turned into charcoal right on the farm. This trader is on his way to Iloilo City with a truckload of charcoal collected from several small backyard producers. That's about 100 bags of 50 kgs each on that truck. He said I can have a sack for P250 if I pay him right there, but he can fetch P30 more if he gets them to the city. I love barbecues but I certainly don't need a sack of charcoal today, so no thank you. Enjoy. (No time to track down the starting point of this supply chain, but I know one day I will.)
(Pixel-peepers: Since it's charcoal we're talking about, I thought this postcard should be rendered in black & white. Agree?)
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