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I think I've already lost you, but I'll try...

In the Westland case, the products get released on British markets (pick up a cucumber at Tesco's or Sainsbury's and you'll have a good chance to find Holland's glory). Now, the UK is of course not that far from Westland, but I just use it as example. Geographically, the UK is in potential perfectly capable to create vegetables grown in greenhouses, that also taste like water like Westland cucumbers. So instead of importing cheap, watery cucumbers the country needs to create its own locally produced Westland equivalent?

The horror, the horror...

Other example, then. Kiwi is not a Dutch local product, but we can get them from Spain, for instance. Only, those from Spain are, again, inferior in quality. I want my kiwi from Kiwi Country. Is the Spanish kiwi cheaper because of more cheaper mass production or because of the shorter transport route?

Mind that I keep organic, small-scale farming out of this discussion right now, which is what DoDo tackled.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Thu Jan 12th, 2006 at 09:04:39 AM EST
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