UK Food Security – Triple Whammy!

EarsA recent report from the University of Cambridge states – “Britain is running out of land for food and faces a potential shortfall of two million hectares by 2030 according to new research.”
See – UK faces ‘significant’ shortage of farmland by 2030

What farmland will be available will probably be dangerously contaminated, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment, which states that “The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk”

See – Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

The third item may seem unrelated to the problem at first glance, but when we consider that farmland is also part of infrastructure, the connection becomes obvious. We are in fact here talking about extreme climate events, which are increasing, and which will have an effect on crop yields.

See – UK public ‘should be primed to expect more infrastructure failures’

With multiple threats like these there willl be a multiplying factor that makes the overall result much worse, and in some scenarios catastrophic. It is essential that we connect the dots early enough to give us a chance of avoiding disaster.

The government has been criticised for a lack of a coherent vision with respect to farmland, but in my view this lack of vision applies to everything that the government touches. Our present-day actions should always be driven by long-term necessity, and not short-term expediency.

But this also applies to everybody, and not just the government!

As every chess player knows, the best chance of survival is to think further ahead than the opponent!

Keep this in mind at the next election!

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One thought on “UK Food Security – Triple Whammy!”

  1. It’s also worth remembering that until WW1 we imported nearly 75% of our food. It was only with the war and needing to reduce our reliance on imports that we really developed agriculture on such an industrial scale. Across the world, we produce enough food to feed every single person on the planet and still have a surplus. But we destroy it, because we need to preserve the value.

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