Spliffy answer to the food "crises"
David Cameron is to warn of Britain's vulnerability to a "global food crunch" as he sets out a package of measures to support home-grown farming.
With increasing competition for farm produce from the growing economies of China and India, the growing market for biofuels to provide "green" energy and the threat of global warming, the Tory leader will say that the era of abundant food supplies may be drawing to an end....
And he will say that British farmers must "reconnect with their customers" by wooing them away from the supermarkets with organic box delivery schemes, farmers' markets and local shops.
"These three things, I believe, will help us face down the ever-growing threat to our food security," he will say.
Dave, why do you come out with such tosh? Organic food boxes, ruddy faced yeoman selling misshapened carrots and the corner shop are all jolly nice but in the scheme of the global food business are so insignificant it is insulting to mention them as "cures" for a the "problem".
Though as you are talking to my trade union we don't see it as a problem, as NFU president Peter Kendall will argue that Britain has a "moral duty" to the rest of the world to step up its production of food and biofuels. Keeps the prices up and land prices have soared so trebles all round.