Want more pay less, Italy booming

Can’t have both

The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) has carried out a poll in Germany, Spain, Poland and the UK involving more than 5000 people. It reveals a conundrum: 91 per cent surveyed think food should remain affordable, but only 54 per cent think farmers should be able to use pesticides to keep prices down.

The ECPA has launched a campaign to defend the use of pesticides. Obviously a lot of people don’t understand that if they want organic food they have to pay for it. For many it would be better to pay more and eat less.

The UK is the second biggest tinned tuna market in the world. Tesco is the UK’s largest supermarket group. The John West brand is owned by the world’s largest canned tuna producer, Thai Union.

Tesco has told Thai Union it will delist John West canned tuna unless the company ends destructive fishing practices. Thai Union has said it will be 100 per cent sustainable by the end of 2016 but so far it’s estimated only 2 per cent of its tuna is caught through sustainable fishing.

Italy on the up

Jancis Robinson in the Financial Times (UK):

“So how does top-quality Italian wine compare in terms of value with top-quality French wine? Even among Italy’s most celebrated wines of Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello, it is a struggle to find a wine that costs more than £100 a bottle — something that, alas, is not true of France’s grandest wines, the most sought-after classed growths of Bordeaux and grands crus of Burgundy.

“This is surely something to be celebrated, and suggests that now is the time to take advantage of Italy’s best wines, whose prices seem, unfortunately, highly likely to rise.”

­ Australia may make it one day.

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