He said that midwest farmers in the US could produce lots and lots more food, and that if prices rose he would increase his production appropriately. This supports fnord’s suspicion that the Netherlands can produce a lot of high mark up items. Lots of countries could, if their customers got really into expensive foods no doubt production would dramatically increase in the US, Canada. Compared to other costs, food has become so cheap that many countries throw most of their food away and innovations in production are unnecessary. The bulk of food export costs are shortage and transportation.