Kate P wrote:
And quite apart from that, using the natural resource that is grassland, there is an opportunity to produce export goods on a scale not seen in any other industry in this country - where the income is spent almost exclusively in this country and mostly locally. Farmers are not exporting their profits - such as they are, or their income abroad as most pharma and tech companies do. It's invariably reinvested into the business and the local economy, which produces a far more efficient use of money than other industries do.
The subsidies for food security argument is bunk unless we are planning on going to war, are we?. The last major food shortages in Europe were caused by World War II when governments diverted men and resources onto the battlefield and in the aftermath there were no resources left to support the agricultural sector having destroyed their capital base. While in Ireland you had the two bachelor farmers, in Germany it was two sisters left to run the farm after their brothers had been killed on the eastern front.
The reason there is a surplus of food today is in part due to the efforts of Norman Borlaug
, the father of the Green revolution.
Subsidising farmers to produce food that no-one wants is a waste of resources and is undermining the food security of other countries who cannot afford to subsidise their farmers.
South Africa puts tariff on Irish cheese exports - Tom Lyons -> http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 74775.html
February 18 2005
South Africa has slapped hefty tariffs on Irish cheese amid allegations that it was being 'dumped' on its market making it impossible for local dairy farmers to compete.
The South African government's International Trade Administration Commission imposed a tariff of 48pc on cheese imported directly from the Irish Dairy Board this week.
ITAC placed even heavier tariffs of just over 60pc on cheese imported directly from Irish dairy producers, but this trade is thought to be almost insignificant in size. Latest Irish Dairy Board figures for 2003 reveal that Irish cheese producers exported roughly 1,400 tonnes of cheese. more
Food aid or hidden dumping? -> http://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.or ... od_aid.pdf
Unfortunately, a long-term interest in sustainable development is not always the driving force behind food aid allocations. Often, food aid reflects the availability of surpluses, the desire of exporters to expand markets, and the involvement of special interests seeking benefits from food aid programs.more
The greatest threat to food security (besides the weather) is the availability of oil at the right price. Last year Libya was invaded and had it's assets and oil seized, there was no major outcry about this, why not? Yet we have a build up to war with Iran (and across Chaostan
) and the threat of major disruption to global oil supplies which in turn will lead to shortages in food supplies if it comes to pass as the 'just in time
' model breaks down quickly without transport and modern agricultural methods also break down. If people are really concerned about food security then why aren't they out protesting at the US embassy for an immediate peaceful resolution to this?
The reason New Zealand had to stop subsidising its farmers: The country was broke
. How many people in New Zealand starved to death as a result?
Another thing to add. Experts: 30 to 50 percent of world's food thrown away -> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46743203/ns ... rown-away/
Hard data is still being collected, but experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week said an estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten. more
UK families waste £270 a year on discarded food -> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2 ... arded-food
Why do we throw away vast amounts of food? -> http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/g ... food-waste