Blog: Dean BestUK government speaks up for trade in food

Dean Best | 10 July 2007

A leading UK politician has joined the debate on the concept of food miles.

Lord Rooker, the UK’s minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, pointed to the country’s growing food and drink exports as proof of the benefits of trade.

“We can’t boast about that while at the same time putting barriers up to trade,” Lord Rooker told the UK’s Food and Drink Federation’s annual parliamentary reception at the Houses of Parliament in London yesterday (9 July).

The debate over food miles has proved a fierce one with proponents arguing that the use of the concept can help consumers gauge the impact of their food consumption on carbon emissions.

As argued in these pages, however, critics of the use of food miles believe that the concept promotes a protectionist agenda and threatens the livelihoods of food exporters in developing countries.

The concept of food miles remains easy for consumers to grasp but, in practice, it is too simplistic and we lose sight of a raft of wider sustainability issues. How does, for instance, the issue of Fair Trade fit into a concept of food miles?

It was heartening to hear a UK government minister espouse his belief in the importance of free trade.


BLOG

Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield?

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...

BLOG

Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....

BLOG

Another reshuffling of pack at Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....

BLOG

FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....

just-food homepage



Forgot your password?