Food security

Reducing food miles – Growing more food in the UK

container_shipThe World Bank says “The UK can no longer take its food supply for granted.” DEFRA’s figures for 2007 show that the UK currently produces around 48 percent of its own food.

As a densely-populated industrialised economy with a temperate climate, we can never produce all the food we need. Even with all available land turned over to agriculture, too little food would be produced to sustain the current population of 60 million. But we could do better.

DEFRA estimates that the UK could be 73% self-sufficient in food. Given the pressures of climate change, depleting oil reserves, population increases and land lost to the sea, it will be increasingly vital that countries pay attention to food security.

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