Apparently we must not be allowed to eat chlorinated chicken. So much so that we must not have a free trade deal with the United States because that is what we would all have forced down our throat if we did – that cluck drowned in a swimming pool.
This is, of course, nonsense. What would happen if we did have a free trade deal with the US is that those who prefer the cheaper price at the expense of the taste and the animal welfare standards will be able to have it. Those who want the animal welfare etc and are prepared to pay for it will also be able to have that. What won’t be happening is that those who desire the higher standards can force everyone else to pay for their preferences.
As I pointed out on Farming Today:
It's #Rethink Week across #BBC Radio @BBCRadio4 and each day we're sharing a different individual's vision for how food and farming could change for the better. Today @charlottebsmith hears from @Worstall: a writer and senior fellow at the pro-free-trade lobbying think tank @ASI. pic.twitter.com/BxmLfruAn0
— Farming Today (@BBCFarmingToday) June 24, 2020
The full piece is here. Starting around 7.17.
There are those who disagree with this point of course but as they’re wrong we can ignore them.
We also have proof today of my contention. From Waitrose of all places:
Waitrose has insisted that it will never sell chlorinated chicken, hormone-treated beef or meat from animals subject to the extensive use of antibiotics as the upmarket grocer fired a warning at the government over a potential post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.
Isn’t that excellent? Those who desire those higher standards will always be able to access them. Those who don’t will be able to go elsewhere and get the cheaper food.
In fact, as we should put it, free trade is a victory for liberty and freedom. Because only by having free trade can we all gain what we desire. Some of us want cheap – great, free trade gives us that. Some of us want higher standards – great, free trade gives us that. The only people who will get pissed at the idea of free trade will be those who cannot force their desires and ideas upon the rest of us by banning the choice we do in fact want. And given that such standards fascists are anti-liberty and anti-freedom we can tell them to get out of town. Along with the horse they rode in on.
Free trade, it’s liberty in action.