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OK not drectly housing related - but it would certainly have severe consequences in the future if the food chain broke down and has been mentioned before here. There is also the issue of what happens to farming that nobody is bothering to farm.

http://business.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=2090842005

UK must ensure its food supplies are secure

JIM BUCHAN

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MILK PRODUCTION TAKES PLUNGE

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09:00 - 15 October 2005

Milk production on British farms has fallen to its lowest level for five years. Continued poor ex-farm prices are thought to lie behind the 8million-litre fall in production to 1.066billion litres in September. Cumulative production for the nine months to September 30 was 7.037billion litres, 105million litres below the same point last year and the lowest level since 2000.

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Heard about this on R4 a couple of months ago , fair play to the farmers who were basically saying Bo%%ox to you , if you aint going to pay us we aint going to produce it.

It is currently costing more produce than they get paid so they just tip it , cant blame them really.

D :huh:

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A time will come when the cost of importing food will swing in the favour of UK farmers. There will be a slow realisation that we do not have the capacity to feed 60 million mouths followed by a rush of investment in farming and an agri land boom IMO.

The farmers will have the last laugh, they always do.

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Energy, food, whatever.

The mood of the moment is that someone, somewhere else, will produce and sell it to us.

As TB is so fond of reminding us, "that's globalisation".

Hmm.

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To grow enough food in the UK we need to be prepared to eat seasonally again. I remember as a kid not getting chips in the summer time as my mother said the summer chips weren't any good for chipping. (Not just that she thought it was too warm to get the chip pan out)

Could you live with tomatoes for just a couple of months a year? OK you can preserve them if you can grow enough, but they won't be fresh tomatoes.

It might mean a return to food which tastes like it should mind you, rather than the existing force ripened stuff we currently get most of at the supermarkets.

Can we grow rice in this country?

I've noticed farmers seem to grow a lot of corn these days, now from what I remember we didn't used to get the summers for this (A farmers daughter I know reckons her dad used to grow it when we were kids though).

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Guest Charlie The Tramp

Actually, in WW1 and WW2, when the UK population was much smaller, the UK could not feed itself.

I think the Uboats had something to do with that. :rolleyes:

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Yes, UK farmers were growing enough food but for some reason decided to send it on a cruise before sending it to the shops! Doh! :rolleyes:

They do that today, hence "food miles", a washed and packaged lettuce will be flown from the UK to Poland to be processed and then returned back to the UK.

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Yes, UK farmers were growing enough food but for some reason decided to send it on a cruise before sending it to the shops! Doh! :rolleyes:

And where did your degree in history come from?

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One of the reasons why the convoys existed in both world wars was because the UK could not feed itself. If the convoys had failed then the UK would have been starved into surrender very quickly indeed.

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Guest Charlie The Tramp

Yes, UK farmers were growing enough food but for some reason decided to send it on a cruise before sending it to the shops! Doh! :rolleyes:

As an island nation, Britain was highly dependent on sea-going trade. Britain required more than a million tons of imported food and materiel per week in order to be able to survive and fight on against Hitler's Germany. In essence, the Battle of the Atlantic was the struggle to maintain or cut off the shipping that enabled Britain to survive.

Sorry I`m late.

In WWII we became a Nation of Market Gardeners, my dad grew vegetables in the family bath, and the grass verge outside the house was planted with potatoes. :)

Good Evening P :wub::wub::wub::D

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I think the Uboats had something to do with that. :rolleyes:

Its nice to see the housing developers getting revenge on the U-boats recently though, up near my area :D

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4343272.stm

"Hopes sink for future of U-boat"

'The future of one of Merseyside's most popular maritime attractions is in doubt because its home is needed for a car park.

The Historic Warships Collection at Birkenhead has to relocate because flats are being developed nearby.

The German U-boat has been at Birkenhead for nine years '

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They do that today, hence "food miles", a washed and packaged lettuce will be flown from the UK to Poland to be processed and then returned back to the UK

so is this when those U boats got them ?

seems a lot of messing about when there was a war on.

why couldnt people just wash their own lettuce at home in the blackout ?

was it nazi lettuce ?

edit* im about to bust the brandy out of the cuboard......any one for a martell ?.

edit 2* whoa - thats got a kick like can-can dancer trying to shake lit petrol off a shoe.

Edited by right_freds_dead

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so is this when those U boats got them ?

seems a lot of messing about when there was a war on.

why couldnt people just wash their own lettuce at home in the blackout ?

Our foods travels many more miles today than it ever did during the war!

Some lettuces get a bit nazty if you leave them in the fridge too long.

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Energy, food, whatever.

The mood of the moment is that someone, somewhere else, will produce and sell it to us.

As long as they don't find that they need to keep it for themselves (energy in particular)

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