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US NewsClimate change could lead to food shortages say MPs

07:25  17 september  2019
07:25  17 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Climate change leading to more extreme temperatures could threaten livestock due to an increase in disease. At Coopers Hill Farm in Worcestershire A Government spokesman said : "We recognise the threat climate change poses to many facets of our national life, including our food production and

(Bloomberg) -- Climate change is putting the world’s food supply at risk.With more extreme weather, stable food production will increasingly be imperiled, threatening the poorest populations first, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report Thursday.

Climate change could lead to food shortages say MPs © Imagebridge 40% of UK food is imported

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The UK's food supply could be at risk as a result of the impact of climate change on agriculture around the world.

MPs say the government needs to recognise the risks to national food security from importing 40% of food, including a fifth of fruit and vegetables from countries at risk of "climate breakdown".

The risks are heightened by uncertainty over trade after Brexit, according to the the report from the Environmental Audit Committee.

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Climate change is putting the world’s food supply at risk. With more extreme weather, stable food production will increasingly be imperiled, threatening Individuals can take action, the authors said . Cutting down or eliminating the consumption of meat, which would reduce the need to clear land for

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Its chair Mary Creagh said: "We are facing a food security crisis, exacerbated by uncertainty over the UK's future trading position with the EU and the rest of the world.

Climate change could lead to food shortages say MPs © Sky News Screen Grab Simon Beckett says consumers will have to accept change

"Ministers must now publish all the information they hold from Operation Yellowhammer on food security and likely costs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"More people are living in cities at risk from over-heating and water shortages, they're breathing polluted air, eating more fast food and getting less exercise. What's needed is a planetary health champion to put this agenda at the heart of government."

At Becketts Farm Shop just outside Birmingham the shelves are full of mainly local produce. But a closer look at the labels reveals that next to the English lettuce and tomatoes grown in Worcestershire are oranges from Spain and bananas from Jamaica.

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The farm's managing director Simon Beckett says they import goods because customers have come to expect to be able to buy the full range of fruit and vegetables all year round.

He believes a move away from reliance on food from abroad will have an impact.

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"Consumers will probably have to accept some form of change," he said.

"Certain things they can get now won't be readily available, stuff we import. So bananas for example will not be readily available at all. But I'm sure that over time that agriculture will adapt, farmers always do.

"Glasshouses will go up and there'll be more of an annual production of produce."

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You can change this preference below. While speaking at the Global Food Innovation Summit, former President Barack Obama warned that failure to tackle climate change will disrupt the global food supply and lead to future conflicts.

" Climate change is expected to lead to more extremes of both heavy rainfall and drought, with different effects in different parts of the world "Such weather extremes can increase vulnerability to food insecurity," said Betts. "Some change is already unavoidable, but if global warming is limited to

MPs say the Government should be promoting healthier and more sustainable diets, including a reduction in meat and dairy.

Cattle produce methane and some farming methods increase greenhouse gas emissions further. Climate change leading to more extreme temperatures could threaten livestock due to an increase in disease.

At Coopers Hill Farm in Worcestershire Adrian Bytom has diversified, renting out buildings on his farm, in order to afford to farm fewer cattle in a more sustainable way. He believes that is how farmers will survive a move away from mass production.

Climate change could lead to food shortages say MPs © Sky News Screen Grab Feeding cattle on grass not grain reduces the production carbon footprint

"We need to be producing food in an environmentally friendly way, in a welfare friendly way and one that works with nature," he says.

"So if we can build soil that can capture the carbon then that is the way forward.

"We don't feed grain to the cattle, we just feed grass and its by-products so our footprint there is low because we don't feed grain, we don't feed any additives.

"If we don't plough the ground and we are using the nutrients from the cattle to build the soil we're capturing carbon in the soil."

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Officials said the likes of British Gas, Eon and Scottish Power will now have until 2024 to install the meters. The rollout has been plagued by problems including delays in connectivity and issues arising with the batch already in use. Climate change could lead to food shortages in the UK say MPs .

The possibility of increased food shortages looms in a nearer future than we’d care to believe. Citing the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Those changes to the climate threaten the way food gets produced around the world, which can drive up the price of foods and lead to a host of other problems.

A Government spokesman said: "We recognise the threat climate change poses to many facets of our national life, including our food production and supply, which is why the UK is the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050.

"We already have a highly resilient food supply chain in the UK, and our National Food Strategy review is considering how we can further address the challenges of a changing climate and continue to deliver safe, healthy, affordable food now and for generations to come."

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