Sunday, June 13, 2010


Scottish MEP Gives Warning about Food Shortages

A Scottish MEP has come out and said what more politicians should be saying — that we are threatened by food shortages. “Imagine if the food supply chain broke down – we would have riots in our streets,” he said, with alarming candor.

Our food supply chains are long and fragile. In particular, I should once again like to point out that the danger of food supply disruptions is multiplied substantially by the need for refrigeration, as noted in two previous posts on the cold chain. A single broken link could potentially cause a large amount of perishable food or medicine to spoil, or simply not be delivered. Think about this next time you visit a supermarket, and imagine the distance and number of links traversed by each food item — not to mention the amount of energy consumed in production, processing, and distribution.

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