It really does puzzle me how people can make this logical leap:
It was revealed earlier this month that our wet winter and freezing spring have led to the poorest potato yield (down 20 per cent on last year) since the drought of 1976. Jersey Royals will be at least a month late because of tardy planting due to adverse weather, and the price of a 2.5kg bag of white potatoes has risen by 43 per cent – up from £1.35 this time last year to £1.93. The carrot harvest has been hit by the waterlogged ground, peas and tomatoes have been affected by low levels of light, and Britain will also need to import more wheat than it exports for the first time in a decade.
So depending heavily upon one geographic region for our food looks like a bad idea then. Bad weather has the possibiloity of wiping out much of our food supply. So, what should we do about this?
All the same, can it really be true, as agriculture minister David Heath claims, that unless householders start Digging for Victory (Survival, even), we will face empty shelves as supermarkets struggle to import enough food to feed us? Alarmingly, it would appear so.
We should double down and increase our reliance upon one geographic area for our food?
There\’s something not quite right about this logic. Something insane about it actually.
If reliance upon one geographic area causes problems then the solution is to rely upon more than one geographic area. Mopre trade for food, not less home grown stuff.
And so to the puzzle: how is it that people who do indeed remember to breathe manage to get this wrong?