I have recently been thinking about exciting things like the balance of trade. I have been thinking that the financial state of a country will never be able to be sorted out while more money is being spent importing things than is being made on exports. It’s just common sense, isn’t it?
I’m sorry! I know you don’t come here for an economics blog. This week I have been planning to cook some asparagus. We live within walking distance of asparagus fields. The crop was a bit late this year, but we have many local suppliers, and plenty of asparagus available at local shops, with very few food miles, none of which are by air freight.
I do my weekly shop at ALDI. This week I picked up some asparagus, assuming somehow that it would be English if not completely local. Luckily we looked at the label. It was grown in Peru. I put it back.
I will be visiting our new local grocer. I will be supporting a suffering town centre. I will be supporting a newly established business. I will be supporting a local farmer. I will be not contributing to the unbalanced balance of trade.