Nine meals from anarchy – how Britain is facing a very real food crisis

Dandelion Salad

By Rosie Boycott
07th June 2008

The phrase ‘nine meals from anarchy’ sounds more like the title of a bad Hollywood movie than any genuine threat.

But that was the expression coined by Lord Cameron of Dillington, a farmer who was the first head of the Countryside Agency – the quango set up by Tony Blair in the days when he pretended to care about the countryside – to describe just how perilous Britain’s food supply actually is.

Long before many others, Cameron saw the potential of a real food crisis striking not just the poor of the Third World, but us, here in Britain, in the 21st Century.

The scenario goes like this. Imagine a sudden shutdown of oil supplies; a sudden collapse in the petrol that streams steadily through the pumps and so into the engines of the lorries which deliver our food around the country, stocking up the supermarket shelves as soon as any item runs out.

If the trucks stopped moving, we’d start to worry and we’d head out to the shops, stocking up our larders. By the end of Day One, if there was still no petrol, the shelves would be looking pretty thin. Imagine, then, Day Two: your fourth, fifth and sixth meal. We’d be in a panic. Day three: still no petrol.


h/t: Speaking Truth to Power

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4 thoughts on “Nine meals from anarchy – how Britain is facing a very real food crisis

  1. Dandi,
    Serious problem, along with fresh wate,r that you’ve been exposing. Keep up your good works.
    Maybe people will start realizing that nuisance laws[can’t feed table scrapes to pigs?] are confining the people from being good citizens[must have manicured property[water-waste], garden’s are too busy, and not in compliance].
    Wake up citizens, we’re trapped.
    Dependent on foriegn oil, I ain’t makin a dime. Legaized hemp and produce fuel, feed, furniture, future, end the greed, that oil is providing.
    Also would be a good low level atmosphere scrubber.
    Recind Nuisance Laws, Un-Constitutional.
    My opinion.

  2. Things are so weird here in the US. There is a world food crisis, and food prices are going way up here. Yet, most of us with yards devote so much money and acreage into lawns strictly ornamental plants.

    When I started reading about the effects of corn being diverted to biofuels, I planted more corn in my garden and started suggesting that people start Solidarity Gardens.

    The need for this keeps getting more urgent.

  3. Yes, resource management is an important thing to consider in these times. Water capture, filtration, and aquaculture is an intelligent investment for gardening projects. Even if container gardening, every bit of production adds to the health of the region. Healthy environment = healthy peoples. Healthy peoples = Happy peoples.

    …but in the end, these times produce innovation…and soon enough, I hope we are totally free of our petroleum addiction. Efficiency is an intelligent “first investment”.

    The demand is there…and so the market responds…


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