Weather modification: rising food prices

0a1 artThis is one of the many reasons why our weather is being “modified”. The cold weather in the UK, which shows no sign of budging, coupled with the extreme wet summer last year, has resulted in increasingly poor crop yields, which of course forces up food prices.

Britain ‘running out of wheat’ owing to bad weather

Britain will become a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year because of bad weather, the National Farmers’ Union has said.

NFU president Peter Kendall said more than two million tonnes of wheat had been lost because of last year’s poor summer.

The prolonged cold weather would also hit this autumn’s harvest, he said.

But he said the shortage was unlikely to affect the price of bread because of the global nature of the market.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Kendall said the average yield fell from 7.8 tonnes a hectare to 6.7 tonnes last summer.

Looking ahead to the 2013 harvest, he said farmers had only managed to get three quarters of the planned wheat planted this year, so the UK was already 25% down on potential production.

“I’ve been walking crops yesterday on the farm in Bedfordshire and they look pretty thin. We would normally say you should hide a hare in a crop of wheat in March. You’d struggle to cover a mouse in some of mine.

“If we got three quarters of the area planted, and the same yield as last year, we could be looking at a crop of only 11m tonnes of wheat when we actually need 14.5m tonnes of wheat for our own domestic use here in the UK,” he said.

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