Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Food: Buy British!

UK farmers are clamouring for a national plan to save and increase domestic food production...

And this is all well and good. For one, a country should be as self reliant when it comes to food as is reasonably possible. Sadly, this is still necessary since the world is yet to truly become a global village. And then, if we are to save the environment, we should try and minimise the so-called food miles. Therefore, having our grub transported from Yorkshire rather than Yemen makes all the sense in the world. Finally, farming provides jobs, and at the moment these seem to be in short supply in the UK. Unfortunately, modern farming is not that large an employer, but still. However, I must rain on this particular parade: the main reason food is imported is not just because UK does not produce enough, but rather it is often because UK does not produce cheaply enough.

So, farmers of Britain, a bit more efficiency, if you please...