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Farming, the environment and trade

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WeekendVisit Wed 04-Dec-19 10:57:02

I don't have a great grasp of understanding the way these issues interact and an older persons life experience wisdom, been there done it is appreciated.

The U.S. produces a large portion of the worlds food. Due to climate change or a random period of bad weather many crops weren't harvested. They are buying sugar for example from Mexico.

China is buying up more butter and pork internationally.

Global food supply changes combined with trade wars and a changing environment is this a standard situation?

What do we low income UK consumers need to buy ahead?

Elegran Wed 04-Dec-19 11:33:59

There is no way that anyone can buy up ahead enough of ANYTHING to feed them for the rest of their lives if/when global supplies become limited. Even if there were, hoarding food so that no-one else can eat is condemning others to deprivation - is that ethical?

The only remedy is for everyone to stop doing all the things that exacerbate the already very dire situation, so as to slow down, stop and reverse the deteriation in our climate.

The actions that could help are listed in detail in many, many articles and websites. Most of them are very simple and don't involve hardship or hard work.

WeekendVisit Wed 04-Dec-19 12:04:36

I am being pragmatic to limit the impact as someone on a low income I wouldn't be buying much, I would be one of the deprived people you speak about, because prices would increase.

Anyone on a low income has minimal environmental impact, smaller home, fewer possessions, limited travel, limited purchasing of experiences and products.

I appreciate your advice even with the Teacher speaking to a naughty rather than inquisitive child tone response.

wildswan16 Wed 04-Dec-19 13:08:40

I don't intend to buy anything "ahead". There are always alternatives. As a relatively low-income individual I do buy in advance if I see something at a bargain price (e.g. washing powder/ larder staples), but not otherwise.

The only items that would give me any concern are "life-saving" products such as vaccines and medicines - and there is little I can do about that.

The world is always evolving in some way - whether economically, climatically, by disasters, or by evolving crop pests. We will, however, survive.

MerylStreep Wed 04-Dec-19 13:29:33

The answer is very simple: if it's not in the shops for you ( and me) to buy, we go without. It's not rocket science, is it?

WeekendVisit Wed 04-Dec-19 14:09:35

Simples indeed.

I will buy a bag of sugar and put it aside along with a block of butter in the freezer - for a birthday cake -in case prices get too high.

Davidhs Wed 04-Dec-19 15:40:35

You do not need to stock up on anything in advance, in the UK income is high enough to attract food from anywhere, someone will import it for you.
Prices may increase, some may be in short supply and you may need to buy an alternative, rice or pasta or potatoes.
Planning to buy a weeks food supplies in advance is all that’s needed.

Yehbutnobut Wed 04-Dec-19 15:44:40

No need. To do your bit eat more veg and fruit (grown locally) and less meat.