Australian agriculture minister Tony Burke has laid into the idea that Europeans should buy local to protect the environment.

‘Burke said it was insane to have a campaign that looked at one part of the value chain only. “The truth is, in terms of total carbon emissions, if you truck a product from one end of Europe to the other, you will have a much bigger carbon footprint than if you ship it from Australia”.’

The Australian, 15 September 2008

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