This is my companion piece to Ruth’s piece “Living Wages and Good Food.”
Food and the Environment
A guest post from environmental campaigner and writer Miles King, who blogs on nature here.
We all need to eat and most of us want to see at least some of our food produced in Britain, if it can be. Who knows, with climate change already with us, English banana crops might not be so ridiculous an idea in 50 years.
Self sufficiency is not a realistic prospect and it should not even be considered as an appealing principle to aspire to – what is the point of Britain producing sugar beet with a higher carbon and environmental footprint than the cane sugar we import from countries who benefit from its trade?Especially when that Beet has a special subsidy and tariff system to protect its producers from competition.
Currently food production in Britain is subsidised through the Common Agricultural Policy to the tune of around £200…
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