Not necessarily. I think a universal measuring system would make it easier for international trade and communication and eliminate the mess of measurement conversion and the mistakes that result from it. However, it would require the restructuring of so many of our important systems. For countries that would have to adopt a new system (say, the metric system of measurement), it would mean the loss of traditions that have been used for centuries. Millions of new products reflecting the new measurement system would have to be produced (such as scales, rulers, containers, etc.), creating waste. If everything went metric, and all cooking recipes went to a universal system too, using cups and tablespoons might become obsolete–would people then have to go out and purchase kitchen scales to match the new system? Hmm.
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