Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett tells us that Brexit will deprive us of our pizzas. And other nice food. One error she’s making is that she’s believing the Daily Mail – always an error that:
So what’s on the menu? Thankfully, MailOnline has provided us with a handy graphic predicting our post-Brexit food future, and – spoiler alert – most of it is beige. I considered momentarily whether this was some kind of meta-commentary on the racism at the heart of the Brexit vision, but concluded that Brexiteers don’t really do semiotics. Unless you count the post-referendum graffiti on the Polish cultural centre, or the National Front posters that appeared after the vote, or Farage standing in front of that Ukip billboard.
I don’t know about you, but I for one am excited that pizza (“dough is made from wheat varieties that thrive in other climates”) is to be replaced with (checks menu) … is that toast? And chips? Never mind. If I don’t fancy a toast-and-chips extravaganza and my usual, house deposit-sapping avocados are rotting in a shipping container somewhere near Dover while a lorry driver defecates in a hedgerow, there is always …(picks up menu again) … egg on toast with a glass of milk. Oh.
Beyond believing the Mail she’s being stupid again. For that’s not a listing of European foods at all. That’s a listing of imported ones.
There’s that example of cod there – usually Norwegian or Icelandic we’re told. Neither of which are countries in the European Union. That being why they’ve got cod to sell, because they’re not part of the Common Fisheries Policy, the most stupid, yea even more so than the Common Agricultural Policy, of the EU’s impositions.
Then there’s the avocado thing:
Although Mexico is by far the world’s largest producer of avocados, the UK relies on imports from elsewhere, with Peru, South Africa, Chile, Israel and Spain (in that order) accounting for 84% of the avocados brought into the UK over the last 5 years (analysis carried out using data from HM Revenue and Customs).
Hmm, so we’re not that reliant upon the EU for those then.
And the wheat? True, I don’t actually know about pizza dough. But much Italian pasta is made from Canadian wheat as the Italian grown stuff isn’t suitable for it.
Which is all something of a joy, isn’t it? The examples used are pretty much nothing to do with the EU or Brexit. And the Mail’s graphic is about imported foods, not EU foods.
Actually, the Mail’s talking about the diet we would have to have is we were all to eat locally. Perhaps Rhiannon would like to go talk to her Guardian colleagues about their insistence that we should all do that then? George, you ready for that conversation?