Author: Jack Graham

UK urged to act fast on food security as climate threats grow

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Research published this week estimated that the record floods could reduce Britain's ability to feed itself by nearly 10% due to a reduced crop area and poor yields.

"There's a real need to invest significantly in our own farming and food systems to make (them) more resilient to climate change," said Tom Lancaster, head of land, food and farming from the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), the think-tank that conducted the new research.


According to a report last year from Britain's Climate Change Committee, the government's independent advisory body, agriculture stands out as a key economic sector without a strategy to adapt to climate change.


Ahead of a British general election due later this year, a group of leading NGOs, food companies and farming associations released a joint statement calling on the next government to implement a new strategy including help for farmers to transition to sustainable methods, and targets for nature protection.

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