Opinion – UK will need to import over half of its food within a generation, farmers warn | EurActiv – John Gelmini

The UK is already importing 75% of its food from overseas, with a lot of it disguised via firms like Union International Group (A British company owned by the Vestey tycoons), which import food from South America.

Deloittes agricultural consultancy arm reckons that any farm under 5000 acres is not financially viable and increasingly 5000 farms a year are going into bankruptcy, whilst more are being sold off because more and more young people across the UK and the world no longer wish to work in or on farms.

Some 150 farmers commit suicide every year and the Royal Navy as Dr Alf says is incapable of guarding our shipping lanes.
Former Admiral Lord West has pointed out that 17 escort vessels to accompany British shipping is a disgrace as is scrapping our one and only protection vessel.

We need to move to vertical farming, more widespread use of poly-tunnels and the use of low category prisoners and fine defaulters as ‘voluntary’ labor for hard pressed farmers.

Later on, we need to look at robots and automated tractors, combine harvesters, bailers and silage spreaders.

If we do not do this and build up our forces using National Service, then one day I can see an adversary threatening our food supply just like Germany did 100 years ago in World War 1 and then again with the U boat wolfpacks in World War 2.

That time may be faster than we think, given the fact that the age of fully cloaked stealth bombers and super-drones weighing 20 tons is upon us along with electronic countermeasures we are incapable of countering.

John Gelmini

Opinion – China, World Bank and WHO Collaborate to Support ‘Deep Water’ Phase of Health Reforms – World Bank – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right but for a long time we have not had a strong or visionary political leadership in the UK.

The Chinese Government contains many engineers and people who know how to get things done and done quickly.

They look at their healthcare system, their energy policy, defense, jobs, exports, sports and competitive positioning and compare themselves to whoever is the best in that field of endeavor. This is done dispassionately, with precision and with the sole intention of first closing the gaps and then surpassing the benchmarks set by others. After that they plan, put the resources in place and take action with quiet but messianic zeal. They are not afraid to seek advice but all the time they are learning and making progress. This is strategic planning.

In the UK we “wing it”, imagine that it will come good on the night, and see ourselves being overtaken by others whilst remaining in a complacent state of torpor.

Yesterday we had David Cameron dismissing the ability of the Russians to penetrate UK airspace with the shadowing of the Tupolov(Bear) bomber off the Cornish coast. The UK defense chiefs were quick to rubbish his assertions on the basis that Putin could overwhelm our air defenses quite easily.

Our political classes are not up to the job and need to be replaced, whilst our ailing institutions need to be reformed if they can be or replaced outright.

John Gelmini