Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Food, Glorious Food...... there's nothing quite like it

Some of you may have noticed an interesting "crop" of stories recently.

Britain must grow more food, while using less water and reducing emission of greenhouse gases, to respond to the challenge of climate change and a global population that will grow to nine billion in the next 40 years, the environment secretary, Hilary Benn, said yesterday.

According to DEFRA, at present the U.K. can only feed 60% of it's current population from indigenous resources.

The Balanced Migration group said limiting numbers was the only way to stop Britain's population hitting 70 million (at present it's 61 million). Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and ex-Commons Speaker Baroness Boothroyd are among 20 parliamentarians who have signed the Declaration on Population.

They accused the main parties of boosting the far right BNP. They said: "For too long the major political parties have failed to address these issues."

As a Buddhist I'm concerned with the alleviation of the suffering of all beings. Our growing numbers as a species will inevitably lead to ever increasing  shortages of food, water and space, for ourselves and the other beings who share this world with us.

Talking about relevant, recent stories, this appeared yesterday on Sujato's blog.. Buddhism and climate change

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