As it's such a slow news day I want to pass comment on something that is bugging me in the environmental debate, this so-called issue of "food miles". The argument is as follows. Food that travels from say Africa is hurting the environment, we should therefore buy locally sourced produce so we can save the environment.
I realise this sounds like a wonderful fluffy argument, but isn't this just protectionism by another name? If everyone suddenly stops buying food from the developing world on the basis of the miles it travels who will they sell it too? Should we really be advocating policies that will ensure the developing world remain poors by closing off trade to it?