Slide: Realism I Of all the letters in the acronym, perhaps the most important is ‘r. For realism. Careless thinking costs lives.
The word S C A R E D is an acronym: Supply, Cost, Added value, Realism, Eating and Demand
What Michael Gove didn’t say in this speech to the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday was far more significant than what he did. He didn’t say a word about food security. Yet food shortages, and looming food insecurity can be clearly seen already, even here in the UK.
The latest of the House of Lords EU Committee’s excellent reports is Brexit: deal or no deal. One of the case studies, the agri-food sector, is copied below. A warning: The prospect of no deal with regard to our food supply and the agri-food sector, is scary:
Horizon: Short-term, 3 – 5 years (2021-2024) Develop business analytics Invest in Africa Challenge: Labour and skills shortages
Following Chris Elliott’s talk about the influence and impact of China:
Professor Chris Elliot told the #foodfuture discussion today that the 65 million middle class Chinese people are ceasing to trust their local food supplies.
Chris Elliott is a Professor and Pro-VC at Queens University Belfast. He’s also the founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, and led the Government’s Elliott Review into the integrity and assurance of the food network after the horsemeat scandal.
Just as the tractor revolutionised farming in the last century, a new generation of technologies are currently revolutionising farming. Tech developments are out there looking to displace the labour-intensive activities. Retail cannot look too far into the future. they think short-medium term. The food service market thinks in 6-month cycles and “doesn’t like technology”. It […]
There is the need to challenge the mindset of farmers. They are into the cyclical processes. The better farmers challenge themselves to improve. This is partly about consolidation – farmer will see greater and greater consolidation, as better ones swallow up those who don’t change. Farmer has got to think about longer horizons – like […]