Yesterday (2nd January), an article was published in The Observer titled ’20 predictions for the next 25 years’. Prediction no 8 is “Food: ‘Russia will become a global food superpower’”.
‘… When experts talk about the coming food security crisis, the date they fixate upon is 2030. By then, our numbers will be nudging 9 billion and we will need to be producing 50% more food than we are now.
By the middle of that decade, therefore, we will either all be starving, and fighting wars over resources, or our global food supply will have changed radically. The bitter reality is that it will probably be a mixture of both.
Developed countries such as the UK are likely, for the most part, to have attempted to pull up the drawbridge, increasing national production and reducing our reliance on imports.
In response to increasing prices, some of us may well have reduced our consumption of meat, the raising of which is a notoriously inefficient use of grain. This will probably create a food underclass, surviving on a carb- and fat-heavy diet, while those with money scarf the protein …’
Read the article and add your comment online at www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jan/02/25-predictions-25-years