Why doesn’t Britain value its farmers?
Bollocks, Britain spends £3 billion a year on subsidising farmers.
This crisis has shown we need to think very carefully about how the nation feeds itself
How might that be then?
Last week, for example, sheep prices collapsed, because the system was suddenly frozen with confusion and log jams.
Genius seems to think that a fall in the price of food is evidence of a shortage of food.
Norway has a deeply protectionist food system that supports its farmers as a matter of national strategic importance. Farmers there, for example, produce 80-90% of the national demand for beef and sheep meat. Since large areas of Norway aren’t globally competitive for agriculture, it doesn’t want to ‘outsource’ what food production it is capable of and put its rural communities — where family-run farms drive the local economy — at risk. It may turn out to be a very sensible policy. Ask yourself whether you trust Donald Trump to keep food supply lines to Britain open in a time of genuine food crisis? Or whether he might look after America’s interests first?
Given that the Americans are banging on the door asking us to buy their food we might have a clue. Another one being that when we were in crisis the Americans filled the Atlantic Ocean with ships carrying food to us.
Things are going to get a whole lot worse if, after this is all over, we continue as though nothing has changed and throw British farmers to the mercy of global free trade and systems that are big, bad and ugly. We need to protect this key national resource so it is there for us through thick and thin.
Because if another disaster strikes — and it will — then I want a significant share of my diet to be available within walking distance of where I live. I want to know where I can source food for my family, and if that means I pay a bit more for food in the good times, then so be it.
And that’s not what the correspondent, a Lake District farmer is asking. Rather, he’s asking that everyone else pay more for their food so that Lake district farmers gain more subsidy.
At which point, of course, fuck ‘im.
Groceries Prices in United Kingdom are 36.00% lower than in Norway
Him and the horse he rode in on.