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PostPosted: 12.03.2008, 12:08 
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7289194.stm

This is serious news- the fallout could be significant.


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£10 loaf of bread anyone?


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£10 loaf of bread anyone?


No doubt we will see a run on foodstuffs, especially as commodities traders turn their eyes on wheat.


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Funny enough I was talking about this last night


It seems strange in the current climate (env speaking) that we are so reliant on buying food comodities on the open global market

The state of british farming concerns me greatly (slightly off topic) - If we look at milk for instance:

In the UK if the we don't start paying dairy farmers a decent price for milk we could see dairy farming disapear (we have family friends that stopped 3 yrs ago)

Where's our milk then going to come from? Eastern Europe most likely!


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In the UK if the we don't start paying dairy farmers a decent price for milk we could see dairy farming disapear (we have family friends that stopped 3 yrs ago)


The family farm has been under attack for a number of years as agribusiness operations gain steam. It's particularly apparent here in the US, but we are lucky here in Pennsylvania where there is a strong push to support local farmers/producers through co-ops and farmer's markets. About 30 minutes east of where I am now are some very productive family-operated dairies. Hershey Chocolates is headquartered nearby and famously sources locally produced milk.


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And Amish folk too.

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And Amish folk too.


You're right! Some of the best sweet corn and tomatoes available :)


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It is kinda similar in the UK

We have farmers markets which where getting so popular at one point that they really had the supper markets scared. These tend to sell speciality produce


The head of a UK supermarket chain actually spoke out recently regarding how the price of milk has to increase, thats how bad its got

Good to hear in the US that large companys are supporting local producers

Here in the UK peoples general attitude to food scares me - for years I been questioning how the f£$K you get an oven ready chicken onto a supermarket shelf for £3? it worries me but the masses buy them

Maybe we just have to expect heavy price fluctuations in the current global structure

Interestingly I learned recently that Tasmania produces opium poppys for europes (an most likely the worlds) pharma products - What happens if they have a very bad year? afganistan?


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Good to hear in the US that large companys are supporting local producers


While some larger companies are certainly supporting local producers, I think they are more the exception than the rule. US agribusiness has a big hold- but consumers are becoming more interested about where their food is coming from and spending their money appropriately. We try to buy local as often as we can, and stay away from the big-box stores.


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