Veganism would die overnight, all that stuff is shipped overseas.
What is the oil price, climate comrade?
Veganism would die overnight, all that stuff is shipped overseas.
What is the oil price, climate comrade?
It will only get worse.
It’s that time of year again when I dust off my cheeky beret and pull up some information you probably didn’t know but I have (been operating on) for some time. Use this information responsibly.
I heard Stefan say something quite genius. Diversity + Proximity + Welfare State = Civil War.
When you reward people for lacking local adaptations (think bears feeding themselves), things go bad, quickly.
Today’s topic: FOOD. We all love it, we all need it to love. What an ironic solution to the obesity crisis a sudden shortage would be, whether from GMO crop failure (supposedly impossible) or overpopulation (the sustainability you must never discuss).
Who is the canary in this particular coalmine? The elderly.
Wouldn’t you know it? They’re starving.
Warning, 2006: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1652/750-000-elderly-face-starvation
Happening, 2015: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/21/more-old-people-in-hospital-as-community-care-starved-age-uk
They starve at home and then the hospitals, the socialists in the NHS medical system, help them along. People who paid into it since its inception.
Gotta keep those costs down somehow right? It isn’t as if they’re producing anything anymore and the Government has all those unfunded pension schemes. Elderly abuse by the very people with the power to criminalize such things as trivial failures of their rigged tests (warming a teapot is a sign of senility, you lose your legal agency and financial assets) and claim abuse by any private citizen, without right of reply or seeing one’s accuser, even when the victim is a foreign citizen, they abuse their human rights and get paid by the baby they immediately deliver to the State you see. Real-life child snatchers. Do you trust these people?
“Critics – including family solicitors, MPs and midwives as well as the wronged families – report cases where young children are selected, even before birth, by social workers in order to win the bonuses.
More chillingly, parents have been told by social workers they must lose their children because, at some time in the future, they might abuse them.”
Secret courts in a First World country. ‘Adoptions’ ‘cannot’ be overturned, humane right of appeal is lost. It is the same with the Care Pathway aka letting sick people starve to death in a hospital. At least the Nazis made it quick.
Let’s look for a better resource, say, the Government? Yes? We agree this one is valid?
“But although the UK has a thriving farming sector – it exported £12Bn of food and drink in 2007 (ref 2) – Britain is not self-sufficient in food production; it imports 40% of the total food consumed and the proportion is rising (ref 1). Therefore, as a food-trading nation, Britain relies on both imports and thriving export markets to feed itself and drive economic growth.”
“Behind the always full-looking supermarket shelves lies a supply chain that is sensitive to economic and environmental events.”
“Pressures on the UK’s ‘food security’ are here to stay. Increasing global population and changing consumption patterns are increasing demand for foodstuffs and contributing to upwards price trends. However, the threat to UK food security could be more serious should increased global demand combine with other potential problems.”
Bluetongue virus is a possible vector discussed for future famine.
“If bluetongue struck along with another disease, one that struck wheat for example, the combined effects – bad but manageable individually – could be disastrous.”
Thank God that hasn’t happened, eh chums?
“Unfortunately, such a species has emerged. The Ug99 strain of the ‘stem’ or ‘wheat rust’ fungus was first found in Uganda in 1999 (from where the Ug denomination originates) and has since spread to Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, and across the Red Sea to Yemen and Iran (ref 8).”
Why do these places always pass it on to us?
“Another problem we share with other food-producing nations is a worrying decline in the populations of insect pollinators, such as bees, moths and butterflies. In the UK, bee populations have fallen by 10-15% over the last 2 years. Declines have also been seen in Europe and North America.”
“Therefore, the UK’s food security issues affect the world, just as the world’s issues affect the UK.”
2014 paper on food security.
2008 Soil report presented.
” Although UK self sufficiency levels are declining from highs in the 1980s, by recent historical standards they are not unusual: the UK has depended on food imports to meet the needs of its population for more than a century. Although the UK is more dependent on food imports than some comparable EU countries, 68% of its food imports come from other EU states. The EU as a whole has a high level of food self-sufficiency, though soya products, for feed and food ingredients, are a notable exception. The EU both governs the degree and forms of government supports available to food producers and regulates the standards of food produced and consumed within the member states. The EU provides an important context for any rethinking of national food supply and policy action.”
Posted without comment.
“Recent debate has explored the ‘resilience’ of the food supply — its ability to prevent, withstand and recover from serious shocks. This report suggests that contingency planning is inadequate to the challenges now facing the food system, presented here as the New Fundamentals.”
Nothing to see here.
Well, you might reasonably ask, how long have they known about this issue?
Yes, this is deliberate.
Global food shortage, Putin warns.
“Recent studies have suggested that the world will need to produce twice as much food by 2150 as it does now, as its growing population is expected to reach nine billion by that time.”
“Global food shortage could be behind the influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East into Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera ahead of his visit to Milan’s exposition “Expo Milano 2015 — Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”
Search for the term ‘food crisis’ and have a good laugh.
“The International Development Committee warned that the UK is “never more than a few days away” from a significant food shortage and called on ministers to act to improve food security.”
“It also warned that the rising world population, expected to increase from 7.1 billion today to 9.3 billion by 2050, will continue to heap pressure on food security. Wider schemes by DfID have made significant efforts to improve women’s reproductive rights but there is still a “great unmet need for contraception”, the report said.”
There it is.
“The Food Standards Agency stressed demand for food supplies would rise as the world’s population spirals from seven billion now to nine billion by 2050.
It certainly isn’t overpopulation of Europe. We’re the only dropping continent.
“This increase could weaken resilience in the food supply chain with the potential to entrench a global food security crisis,” the FSA told a Commons inquiry.
Nothing to worry about then.
“As the UK is not self-sufficient in terms of food production, global food supply issues have the potential to impact on UK consumers, for instance increasing the incidence of food poverty within the UK.””
“The CLA organisation, which represents 33,000 farmers and landowners in the UK, stressed that nearly 70 per cent of our food imports currently comes from other EU countries.
Of course, the EU will never collapse suddenly under the weight of its own ego.
They warned that if severe food shortages developed European countries could take “protectionist” action, so contingency plans might be needed for dealing with a breakdown of the EU single market.”
The Two Rs.
Rations and later, Riots.
In full [of gold];
Mass immigration into Britain could [DS: has] lead to failing hospitals, overcrowded classrooms, water shortages and the need for hundreds of new cities, a new report warns.
The report by think-tank Civitas found that heavy immigration will have an overall negative impact in living standards as any economic benefits will be outweighed by extreme pressures on amenities. [because there are different types of immigrant]
Written by Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, the report says that particular strain will be placed on schools, housing and hospitals. [already happened]
The report also found that while overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could rise, the effects on GDP Per Capita would be minimal.
Mr Rowthorn said: “Unrestrained population growth would eventually have a negative impact on the standard of living through its environmental effects such as overcrowding, congestion and loss of amenity,” he writes.
“Such losses would ultimately outweigh the small gain in average wages apparently resulting from mass immigration.” [taste the sarcasm]
Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that the UK population will grow by 20 million over the next 50 years, and 29 million over the next 75 – and that is from immigration alone. [it has become a question not of IF we deport, but WHEN]
Rowthorn says that any potential benefits from immigration stem mainly from its ability to help rejuvenate the ageing UK population, [except immigrants retire too, compounding the problem] but he warns: “If many of the immigrants fail to get jobs, or if they end up in low skill jobs or displace native workers, large-scale immigration will have a negative impact on GDP per capita and on government finances. Thus, the impact could be positive or negative but either way it is unlikely to be very large.
“The only thing that is certain is that immigration on the present scale, if it continues, will lead to much faster population growth and a much larger total GDP than would otherwise be the case, with consequent pressure on infrastructure and the environment.”
The report adds that such an explosion in population could also cause water shortages in some parts of the country, saying that some “water-stressed regions of England and Wales” – particularly the south east of England – were comparable to dry countries such as Spain and Italy. [good, that means food shortages too, right?]
“Population growth is identified in this report as a major source of strain on water resources,” the report says.
Other resources will also be it. It says: “Population growth may lead to housing shortage and pressure on public facilities such as schools, hospitals and the transport infrastructure. [all of those already happening]
“Such problems can in principle be handled by building more homes, enlarging existing schools and hospitals or building new ones, widening existing roads or building new ones, and increasing the capacity of the rail network. [biting sarcasm, we cannot do those things]
“This would not be a once-and-for-all investment programme. Sustained population growth would require an ever increasing number of homes, hospitals schools and transport facilities.” [why do we owe these people?]
A Home Office Spokesman told the Daily Telegraph: “This report shows how vital it was for this Government to reverse the unfettered immigration policy of the past and why we must carry on our reforms to build an immigration system which works in the national interest.
“It is clear that uncontrolled, mass immigration makes it difficult to maintain social cohesion, puts pressure on our public services and forces down wages for people on low incomes. [this would have been unthinkable prior to the UKIP EU election win]
That is why we are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants, that is tough on those who abuse the rules or flout the law, and that ensures people come to the UK for the right reasons — to work hard and contribute to our economy and society.” [I will believe it, when I see it.]