Flood­ing threat to food se­cu­rity ques­tioned

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AR­EAS OF HIGH qual­ity agri­cul­tural land are be­ing taken out of pro­duc­tion be­cause of poorly planned flood­ing schemes, the Bishop of St Al­bans has said.

Bishop Alan Smith said in the House of Lords that Bri­tish agri­cul­ture made a “huge con­tri­bu­tion” to the coun­try’s food se­cu­rity.

He asked Depart­ment for Farm­ing and Ru­ral Af­fairs min­is­ter Lord de Mauley: “Could you tell us what as­sess­ment the Govern­ment have made con­cern­ing the risk to food se­cu­rity due to poorly planned flood­ing ame­lio­ra­tion and preven­tion schemes, which are al­low­ing con­sid­er­able ar­eas of high­grade agri­cul­tural land to be taken out of pro­duc­tion due to flood­ing?”

Lord De Mauley said there was “no ev­i­dence” that the floods of 2007, 2009, 2012 or this year rep­re­sented a threat to food se­cu­rity in the United King­dom.

“Ac­cord­ing to the UK food se­cu­rity as­sess­ment, the UK en­joys a high level of food se­cu­rity as a de­vel­oped, sta­ble econ­omy,” he said.

“I think it is more likely that dis­rup­tion to trans­port links could im­pact ac­cess to food sup­plies, but we are watch­ing this care­fully.”

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