We are loosing land, thousands of acres every year. We produce the safest arable products in the world.
We are losing dairy herds at a dramatic rate and importing milk. Less safe milk!
I hear the talk about “environment” and “countryside” on one side, on the other I hear talk of “productivity”. Farming remains Britain’s biggest industry and farm production remains a fundamental component of the national economy. If, for the sake of political correctness, the Environment Secretary ignores, or otherwise takes the emphasis off farm production, he does so at the peril of the national economy. Where is common sense? Where is the national vision? Some will remember a White Paper from Peter Walker, Minister of Agriculture; “From our Own Resources”. What on earth has gone wrong with this nation? Where is the vision of production and growth? Where is the statesman who can drive production up so that we can afford the NHS? Without productivity, we are nothing.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, April 18
On 20th February, BBC 1, Points West, reported on Prince Charles visiting the British Army Rapid Reaction Force in which around half the members are soldiers and other service personnel from other countries. The visitors were about to go home and several were asked what they would miss about Britain. Several answered with quips such as “the British weather”. A lady soldier with good english and good humour said, “I will really miss hearing people say “I can’t be bothered”. We do not have an equivalent expression in Germany”.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 21 February 18
I have previously published in this blog, a graph of population growth and the likely collapse following too much growth and an airborne, multi-virus pandemic. It is pretty depressing, not because of the collapse itself but because it is avoidable. Firstly, we have to stop people breeding. It defies common sense to allow continued growth. So far, the claimed logic of decreasing birth rates as wealth increases is more than counter-balanced by medical advance reducing death rates. Secondly, we do need to up our game in food production. We can increase food production and food security. We can produce food safely. We can use urban waste to reclaim the deserts. We can use composted urban wastes to reduce irrigation need.
We can reduce birth rates and increase food production. Why don’t we push a bit harder? Right now!
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 23 January 2018
If we do not control population, very urgently, nature will do it for us – soon and it will not be pretty.
This morning, the BBC reported the allocation of thousands of acres to a new Northern National Forest. Well, very laudable and politically correct. However, I do not hear of any politician talking about population control. A reader of this blog in India reports the same total avoidance of the population issue in that country and, he observes, nowhere in the world. Population control and food supply WILL affect our children if we start now to do something about it. If we don’t start and seriously, it WILL affect our children catastrophically. It is quite simple. Write to your MP about it.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 7 Jan 2018.
Not is, when will our children in the UK be short of food?
There is just the beginnings, maybe, of a constructive debate about the balance between “environment” and how that is interpreted in land use, and food production. Both world wars, particularly the second with the advent of U-boats, saw food security being a real issue. “Food security” is one of those things that politicians will verbally agree is an issue but there is scant evidence that it figures much in their efforts to be elected to power and to keep power when they have got there. However, we must be grateful for the colour of UK passports.
Yet, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) of the UN, for which some of my students have spent their careers with, are calculating that we will need to double food production globally by 2050. Most thinking people conclude that achieving that, or anywhere near it, would be an inconceivable miracle. It is not going to happen. So, whether the politicians and “environmentalists” can argue their positions as much as they like but unless we grasp population control and food security for the people, each in our own country, then sooner or later, probably too much later, the politicians will be out of power. By that time, not just our children, but our own selves, will need a lot of money to buy food off global markets. Putting land under buildings and into wildlife projects is great but the price in the long run will be greater.
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 23 Dec 17
P.S. May 2018 bring some common sense into our national life.
The USAF cemetry at Maddingly, Cambridge UK. What kind of world are we handing on to our children?
Globally, we are on the edge of a renewable energy revolution. It is not that we did not have the technology, what is different is that the technology, bit by bit, is becoming economic. This bodes well for the human race. However, there is a problem in that much of the economically attractive solutions, especially solar panels, need land. There is a problem with land – they have stopped making it. So we need to use alternatives including never making a roof out of tiles or inactive sheet and, instead, making it of solar panels. We need the land to produce food, fibres and timber – but in a different way. Instead of using mineral Nitrogen which costs at least 21,000 kWh per tonne of N to deliver, we need to feed those crops on urban wastes. It has been done and can be scaled up safely. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01H63EQX0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Nest discussion on this blog; Farming off-grid
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, December 17
Global population and human survival are issues not just for our children but for this generation. There will be a global collapse. When?
The British people and government would do well to look to food security. Note the graph; there will be . repeat WILL be, a global population collapse. The evidence is compelling. (See “Survival”). There was a discussion on Radio 4 today about whether a woman could or should be able to get IVF on the NHS. We already have twice as many people on this earth than is, by reasonable thought, sustainable. There are plenty of kids already here who need a family. For everyone’s sake, don’t make any more!
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd, 31 October 2017