On BBC Radio 4 today it was reported that some supermarkets are limiting sales of fruit and vegetables.
A newspaper elaborates: “Morrisons and Tesco have limited the amount of lettuce and broccoli after flooding and snow hit farms in Spain. Shortages of other household favourites – including cauliflower, cucumbers, courgettes, oranges, peppers and tomatoes – are also expected. Prices of some veg has rocketed 40% due to the freak weather. Sainsburys admitted weather has also affected its stocks”.
HortiDaily reports on frost in Europe in detail (one of many pictures below) and the search for supplies from Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia.
A former Greenpeace Economist foresees these and more persistent problems in his latest book, Progressive Protectionism.
Listen to his ‘right on’ exposition of selling milk at below production costs here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04dqwyt
Because as the dairy industry declines and imports roll in at whatever cost it will be followed by a similar undercutting of
– not necessarily in that order.
Those who ignore the situation will live to regret it – in thrall to overseas suppliers of food, regardless of its quality and price.
And food producers: co-operate or go under – as unproductive parasites flourish!
“10 reasons we don’t need GM foods”, a new short report from genetic engineers Dr Michael Antoniou and Dr John Fagan, the authors of “GMO Myths and Truths”, is published today as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source.
Download short report:http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/10-reasons-we-don-t-need-gm-foods
Claire Robinson, third co-author of the new report, said:
“At just 11 pages plus references, ’10 reasons’ is designed for people who may not have the time to read ‘GMO Myths and Truths’, which extends to 330 pages. ’10 reasons’ is ideal for giving to friends, family, politicians, and journalists, when a longer document is not appropriate.
” ’10 reasons’ explains that GM crops do not increase yield potential or reduce pesticide use. Nor can they help us meet the challenges of climate change any better than existing non-GM crops, or deliver more nutritious foods. GM crops have been shown to have toxic effects on laboratory and farm animals.
“There is only one way in which GM crops outperform non-GM crops: they are easier to patent in a way that guarantees ownership not only of that GM plant variety but also all plants bred from it. This process enables consolidated ownership of the seed and food market by a few large companies on a scale that has never happened before.
“That is a recipe for loss of food sovereignty and security. It is the opposite to feeding the world – the line we are constantly fed to justify the introduction of GM crops.”
“10 reasons” is based on the extensive evidence collected in “GMO Myths and Truths”.
Download full report “GMO Myths and Truths” (2nd edition published 19 May 2014):
Contact Claire Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Unlike the Indian temple juggernaut which had only willing victims, the British juggernaut will roll along its hundred-metre wide track, destroying swathes of fertile land and damaging or demolishing cherished homes.
Producing food is not important?
At a time when there is increasing global and national awareness of the need for food security, the National Farmers Union estimates that 200 farms will be affected.
Corporate ‘landgrab’ now extends from the ‘global south’ to Britain
Packington Moor Farm, a fine brick Georgian farmhouse near Tamworth, Staffordshire is to be demolished and its land cut in half. The owners only heard about this plan on the internet.
The Bakers, whose land is to be cut in half, live in the charming village of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Mrs Baker asked: ‘How can they consider demolishing your business and your livelihood, move three generations of a family, and not contact you? We heard from a neighbouring farmer.’
Listed buildings treated with contempt
In all, 314 listed buildings, country cottages, Georgian farmhouses, medieval rectories and ancient manor houses will be demolished or seriously affected by vibration, noise and fumes if the high-speed project goes ahead.
And other species deemed less important than HS2 vested interests
Along the HS2 route, there are 43 statutory and non-statutory wildlife sites (48% of the 89 sites identified) in the Kenilworth and Southam Constituency alone. These include one Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), one local nature reserve, six local wildlife sites and numerous ancient woodlands. Location details are given on the website of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. A detailed review of the potential ecological impacts of HS2 in that area by the Trust’s Stephen Trotter can be read here.
An extract about the effect of its construction notes that it will “destroy all existing vegetation, any non-mobile species and physical structures (e.g. roosts, ponds, watercourses, burrows, setts, holts etc) used by species living in this zone. Mobile species will be displaced away from this zone and their survival will depend on the availability of suitable sites nearby.