Or, make sure your constituency gets its snout in the trough:
A Conservative party taskforce led by the new MP for Richmond Park and prominent green campaigner wants the government and public sector\’s £2bn annual food budget to be spent on produce that is organic, has been produced nearby and meets animal welfare standards.
The taskforce\’s unpublished final report calls on the government to overhaul public sector food procurement to boost British agriculture, help the planet by reducing \”food miles\”, reduce dependence on an increasingly precarious international food supply chain and improve the quality of food that millions of people eat every day. Changes could be cost-neutral or even save money, it says.
There is no evidence that organic food is healthier.
There is abundant evidence that locally produced food is less sustainable (most certainly in terms of emissions).
There is absolute evidence that the wider, deeper and more international the food supply chain the less precarious it is.
My opinion would therefore be that Zac is just aiding his friends over at the Soil Association in getting a cut of the government\’s food budget. No different in either logic or morals from the Labour Party giving tax money to the unions so that the unions could make donations to the Labour Party.
Aren\’t we lucky to have such an exemplar of the new politics? Instead of Mark Serwotka getting our dosh it\’s Lord Melchett.