From the Editor
Importers Of The World, Unite!
We are confronted with a new challenge: An army of super-sophisticated simpletons prepared to destroy world trade in the name of “food miles” and “carbon footprinting.”
As an industry, we now have to rise up with a voice of sanity in a wilderness of the mad and demand that good science be employed in this debate. We must demand that our industry — the tens of millions around the world who depend on it for jobs and the billions who depend on it for a variety of reasonably priced and enjoyable products — not be sacrificed upon the alter of a secular religion dedicated to the “carbon” cult.
Where do we start? Here are some basic facts to keep in mind:
We have a fantastic mechanism for identifying the cost of our products on the world. It is called the “pricing mechanism.” It drives producers to find the most efficient production and transportation systems. If global warming is deemed a problem, and the solution is determined to be carbon-output reduction, then impose a tax and let industry find the most efficient way to operate.
Let us join together, however, to prevent “food miles”, “carbon footprinting” and similar concepts from being hoisted on an uninformed public as some kind of virtuous solution. It not only may not solve the problem, but those consumers cavorting in search of locally grown product will probably make it worse. EXP