Professors should be able to manage logic, yes?
Professor Tim Lang, the Government’s top food tsar, said prices are likely to rise even further, up to ten per cent, as oil prices go up and demand for basic commodities like wheat increases.
In the last 20 years the amount of food imported into the UK has grown to 40 per cent.
He said the UK Government has failed to protect the country against these price shocks by encouraging farmers to grow our own fruit and vegetables or produce meat.
So, err, why is it that imports have been rising, domestic production falling?
Because Johnny Foreigner is able to grow food more cheaply than we can do it domestically.
So, encouraging, insisting, that more food be grown domestically will mean higher food prices than if we were importing it all.
Certainly, this was true in the past.
Despite efforts to turn the situation around, Prof Lang said the Coalition Government has abandoned any policy on sustainable food.
Whether it will continue to be true in the future is another matter of course. Nobody actually knows. But we do have a mechanism that will deal with this for us. If, as and when, foreign food becomes more expensive than local then people will naturally seek out that local food, supply of local food will rise in response and everything will be just hunky dory.
We even have a name for this system: \”market\”.
When relative prices change we see the behaviour of both consumers and producers changing. No government policy needed, you see?
Thankfully, the sustainable Development Commission has been closed down and this will be Tim Lang\’s last report as \”food commissar\”. We\’ll not miss him, no.