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The government is consulting on how it can ensure that the UK's food supply remains secure in the future.
"It is to stimulate a debate within the UK on what a food policy should be, and how do we define and look at food security more broadly," said Defra's chief scientific adviser Professor Robert Watson.
"Food is absolutely essential, and over the past few years we did see a food price increase - not only in the UK, but across the globe," he told BBC News. "So the [test] for us will be, as the Earth's climate changes, what will be the challenges not only in the UK but throughout the world?"
In July, the Sustainable Development Commission - the government's environmental watchdog - warned that the current food system was failing. The report's author, Professor Tim Lang - a member of the UK government's Food Council, said the system had to radically change.
"We are going to have to get used to less choice, and we are going to have to eat differently," he told BBC News.
"For climate change; for water; for energy; for all sorts of reasons our diet is going to change. Consumers are not going to like it, although it is probably going to be healthier and definitely more sustainable.

Food Council, Sustainable Development Commission, Defra investigation, lots of taxpayer's money being splashed about to produce this rubbish. There will be more choice, more food and more handwringing as long as food producers are allowed to get on with it.

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How the UK ended up with Al Gore's Climate Advisor:

Prior to joining the World Bank, Dr. Watson was Associate Director for Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President in the White House. Prior to joining the Clinton White House, Dr. Watson was Director of the Science Division and Chief Scientist for the Office of Mission to Planet Earth at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)." (I think the title says it all...)

He is one of Al Gore's favourite scientists, (after Hansen of course). He was appointed to his current job after the sudden announcement that founding Tyndall Director, Mike Hulme, was leaving for " a year's sabbatical".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/aug/06/climatechange.scienceofclimatechange The UK should take active steps to prepare for dangerous climate change of perhaps 4C according to one of the government's chief scientific advisers. In policy areas such as flood protection, agriculture and coastal erosion.

Professor Bob Watson said the country should plan for the effects of a 4C global average rise on pre-industrial levels. The EU is committed to limiting emissions globally so that temperatures do not rise more than 2C.

When asked in 1997 at Kyoto, as the new IPCC Chairman, about the growing number of climate scientists who challenged the conclusions of the UN that man-induced global warming was real and promised cataclysmic consequences, Watson responded by denigrating all dissenting scientists as pawns of the fossil fuel industry. "The science is settled" he said, and "we're not going to reopen it here."
http://sovereignty.net/p/clim/kyotorpt.htm

Not surprisingly, warmer-in-chief Al Gore is not a long way from all this, although one could never publicly say he had influenced the British government

Time line:
Oct. 30, 2006 At a high-profile press conference, releasing a 700-page report on climate change by British government economist Sir Nicholas Stern, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, the heir-apparent to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair, announced that he had "hired" Gore to "advise the British government on climate change."

15th March 2007 - Al Gore in London

http://blog.algore.com/2007/03/
I had some really interesting and productive meetings in London this week -- discussing the climate crisis with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who is widely expected to be the next Prime Minister when Tony Blair retires.

Chancellor Brown has introduced a package of binding CO2 reductions in the United Kingdom that represent real leadership. The same day I met with the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, and 80 of his fellow Tory Members of Parliament.

They were unanimous in their determination to propose meaningful solutions to the climate crisis. There has been a revolution in British politics, with the two largest parties now wholeheartedly committed to CO2 reductions and international leadership to solve the climate crisis.

26 March, 2007 - Al Gore in Cambridge this weekend
http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/article/?objid=33269

Al Gore is giving a public lecture (sold out) in the Corn Exchange on Monday 26 March. Gore’s book and Oscar-award winning film ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ are based on his lecture, which he is now delivering around the world.

Gore’s presentation will offer a passionate and inspirational view of the urgent need for action in order to prevent the dire and irrevocable changes to the planet that global warming threatens.

Gore’s visit to Cambridge is being organised by the University of Cambridge Programme for Industry. He will be in Cambridge on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday he will be training more presenters to give his slide show through The Climate Project: www.theclimateproject.org.

Gore/Watson Mutual Admiration Society
http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2007/10/13/news/local/news02.txt
“We need an advocate such as Al Gore to help present the work of scientists across the world,” said Bob Watson, former chairman of the IPCC and a top federal climate science adviser to the Clinton-Gore Administration.

Watson and Birnbaum, who regularly briefed Gore about global warming, described him as voracious, wanting to understand every detail about the science. Birnbaum recalled one Air Force Two journey with Gore and the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Watson’s World Bank leaving party:
http://info.worldbank.org/etools/BSPAN/PresentationView.asp?PID=2129&EID=963

Jack Gibbons, Watson’s former boss at the White House, read aloud a letter written to Watson by Al Gore. In this letter, Gore calls Watson his “hero of the planet,” commends him on his incredible career and contributions, and congratulates him on his new jobs. Gibbons also spoke about the challenges facing scientists whose scientific evidence is often viewed not as strict science but as efforts to steer policy.

5 July 2007 - International climate change expert is Defra's new Chief Scientific Adviser http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2007/070705a.htm

Tim Lang - long term food alarmist, first came to prominence in Edwina Currie's infamous Salmonella in Eggs debacle.

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You are such a cynic, they've already established that food is absolutely essential, that kind of information is priceless, and what's more they are actually planning on solving the issue for the whole planet. That kind of altruism has to give the UK taxpayer a warm, fuzzy feeling.

I'm glad it taxpayer funding to 'establish that food is absolutely essential'.

There's a story that the Soviet agriculture minister visited Britain and asked, "Who's responsible for the supply of bread?"
Answer baffled him: "No-one".
At the time, Russia had food shortages and the british had enough to make us fat.
Now the British government is taking responsibility for the supply of food; we're doomed to go hungry, you'll see.

Britain hasn't had "food security" since the passing of the Corn Laws in the 1840's. The whole "ensuring Britain's food security" thing is a myth punted by the politicians and vested interests in order to justify meddling and handouts.

It plays on people's memories of wartime rationing in order to distract their attention from the fact that the modern version of the Corn Laws (the CAP) is merely a massive vacuuming of their pockets by French politicians scared witless that hordes of unwashed paysans will once again descend upon Paris and make the place look untidy.

Ooooops! That should have read "abolition of the Corn Laws" not "passing".

I shall retire to the naughty corner until I am very very sorry.

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