We should be wary of well-intentioned but ineffectual bans, says Dave Heatley.

New tech. A traditional local industry. Who wouldn't be concerned about potential negative effects? So why don't we just stop it at the border?

The problem is that price effects can undermine the effect and the intent of banning tech at the border. Here I explore three ways that could happen with new agri-tech and what lessons we might draw about trying to block the introduction of automation tech in general.

Example 1: A local ban on agricultural robots to protect workers


Let's say an agricultural product is