I don’t know if this is the right Category for it, or what tags should be added.
A place to discuss food security, its causes and mitigations / solutions and anything else that seems relevant.
Brexit and Covid have had a big impact on supply chain issues with many items missing from the shelves. The guy who runs the local shop was telling that Booker (the wholesaler, owned by Tesco) has been telling him to stock up now for Christmas. But there’s whole sections of shelves empty, so he can’t.
As I understand it shortages are partly caused by running a supply chain with very little slack. At least for supermarkets. They’re run this way to save money and no doubt consumers benefit from this. So will the companies’ profits, not only by direct cost cutting, but lower prices are good to keep the customers coming to you rather than competitors. The current circumstances appear to be exposing the risks in squeezing every last drop out of a system. One solution to this is not treating food production and supply as something out of which you can extract profit, but how to get there, I don’t know.
There are also ways in which climate is affecting the amount of food available. Canada is a very important producer of wheat and its harvest this year is the worst in 14 years due to drought. In East Anglia I saw very large areas of crops flattened due to unusually heavy rain a couple of weeks ago. Things like that are going to affect the supply and so price of food:
Given that the number of people in food poverty in this country is ridiculous for a wealthy nation, this is going to be awful.
At home we’ve been looking at ways of becoming more resilient with a variety of things including food. I personally take this to mean not just supply but preparation, preservation and storage. Whilst this is good and nice, it feels quite inward looking, doesn’t in itself do anything outside our home and I’m keenly aware that whilst we have the luxury of time and money to put into it not everyone does. So I’m extremely interested in discussing ways to bring things like food security into the hands of local communities. Does anyone have any stories of food co-ops or skill shares that have worked well or ways in which they didn’t work? Or anything else.