As autumn begins, here in Britain food prices are in the news. The National Farmers Union (NFU)’s combinable crops advisor Guy Gagen says that wheat yields in Britain this year have been the lowest since the late 1980s. ‘Combinable crops’ are crops harvested by combine harvester. That means wheat, barley and rye, oilseeds, pulses and sugar beet. Important crops for us.
Journalists across the political spectrum agree about this story. Shiv Malik at the Guardian says that food prices are expected to rise after the second wettest summer on record. Jessica Winch at the Telegraph says that food prices are expected to rise after a poor harvest.
It’s due to the wet summer and that’s due to the Jet Stream. But it’s no surprise. Professor Tim Lang, who invented the phrase ‘food miles’, warned last year that we need a ’21st-century approach’ to feeding the world.
We in Britain can’t just import food. The United Nations (UN) says that this is a worldwide problem. The world is short of food.