food globalisation

Ecologically wasteful trade

In Catch 22, Joseph Heller’s fictionalised war drags on so long that the opposing air forces decide to just bomb themselves to save time. It’s a surreal thought, but the way we conduct some of our international trade is just as senseless. Reading Moveable Feasts, I was reminded of some examples of ecologically wasteful trade. These figures are from 2006. I tried to get some more up to date figures from the government’s trade website, but I got lost among the databases, and ended up using these examples from nef’s Chinadependence report.

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