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Hillmanhunter1

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In a world where rising political instability on the one hand, and climate change on the other, both contribute to a need for nations to reflect on and ensure their ability to feed their population it is interesting to see that in this regard Ireland tops the global rankings:
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-food-security/
 

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In a world where rising political instability on the one hand, and climate change on the other, both contribute to a need for nations to reflect on and ensure their ability to feed their population it is interesting to see that in this regard Ireland tops the global rankings:
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-food-security/
Not a major issue here at the moment, as we have so much food export. Is a big concern in some European countries dependent on imports to feed their populations, so trying to promote local growers/farmers to the local community, who of course are competing with the large supermarkets.
 

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Not a major issue here at the moment, as we have so much food export. Is a big concern in some European countries dependent on imports to feed their populations, so trying to promote local growers/farmers to the local community, who of course are competing with the large supermarkets.
We're seeing issues with this imbalance already.

If exports become more profitable to Countries able to afford it and not carrying the debt we carry, this could change dramatically. We see it now with Irish Butter. Irish butter is now more profitable to export than sell domestically. The global demand has gone through the roof. It's getting to the stage where it's the price means it won't be a part of the traditional irish kitchen anymore.
 

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We're seeing issues with this imbalance already.

If exports become more profitable to Countries able to afford it and not carrying the debt we carry, this could change dramatically. We see it now with Irish Butter. Irish butter is now more profitable to export than sell domestically. The global demand has gone through the roof. It's getting to the stage where it's the price means it won't be a part of the traditional irish kitchen anymore.
That might not be a bad thing:lol:

Ireland still 'on course to become the most obese nation in Europe'
 

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We're seeing issues with this imbalance already.

If exports become more profitable to Countries able to afford it and not carrying the debt we carry, this could change dramatically. We see it now with Irish Butter. Irish butter is now more profitable to export than sell domestically. The global demand has gone through the roof. It's getting to the stage where it's the price means it won't be a part of the traditional irish kitchen anymore.
Any day now
 

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The Economist did a podcast on it a few months ago. The UN asked for a paltry amount to stop it in its tracks and couldn't get it. They highlight how difficult it is to get $1m to stop something but when yhat crisis hits, celebs queue up
Yes, there are millions in its path. Likely to be a land clearance as a result. A number of drought hit harvests and now a decimated one have made the people there very vulnerable. Still the governments in the region aren't as incompetent as in previous famines.

Agriculture is beginning to creak in the developed world because of the pandemic so one wonders if there'll be a supply crisis on international markets. We've seen high prices cause a lot of problems in the recent decade.
 

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The big potential threat to food security would be if farmers destroyed crops or cattle or milk in response to a collapse in foreign demand due to the Covid-19 crisis. This seems to be happening in the US.

The govt should considering requisitioning crops and cattle and milk to prevent this.
 

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The big potential threat to food security would be if farmers destroyed crops or cattle or milk in response to a collapse in foreign demand due to the Covid-19 crisis. This seems to be happening in the US.

The govt should considering requisitioning crops and cattle and milk to prevent this.
I heard on the radio that milk farmers are ditching gallons of milk due to lack of demand in Ireland, cows have to be milked when cows need to be milked and there seems to be a lack of demand, with restaurants, cafés, schools, office canteens, etc. being closed. Yet, we cannot get cream out here in Spain, it's one of the impossible things to get here at the moment.

Maybe someone could tell someone that there is a market for it here.
 

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