Last night on TV Ontario I caught the last bit of a very good food documentary filmed by the BBC. For the most part, I found it’s content to be very well balanced and it easily drew me in with the numerous conversations of both global and local food issues.
Of particular interest (around the 8:00 minute mark of the youtube clip below) is an interview with Economist Caroline Saunders (Prof at Lincoln University in New Zealand) speaking to the study detailing carbon equivalents released by exporting New Zealand lamb to Europe. I often hear this study quoted on TV, in books, and at the dinner table and quite often I feel the science behind it is mis-interpreted or mis-used.
I agree with Caroline when she says:
I’m not for unfettered free trade that means that the big corporations [are] going to get bigger and richer, but free trade that allows benefits to flow back to farmers [and] producers wether in New Zealand or developing countries is the way forward to feed the world.