Flooding threat to food security questioned
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.”