«Those who argue that we need food security are fighting the last war - and the real victims are the desperately poor farmers in the developing world. Not only are they unable to sell their goods in our markets because our agriculture industry is protected by high tariffs, but their livelihoods are threatened when we dump mountains of artificially cheap crops on their doorstep.
No other industry is allowed to behave like this. If South Korea were to dump colour televisions on European markets at below production price, Brussels would have a cast-iron case for hitting it with sanctions under global trading rules. But anti-dumping rules only apply in manufactured goods - not entirely coincidence you might think when the powerful trading blocs that drive the agenda in the World Trade Organisation, Europe, the US and Japan, are the biggest subsidisers of agriculture.»