Cli­mate con­cerns

Rad­i­cal re­sponse needed to ad­dress ro­duc­tion ef­fi­cienc

Fish Farmer - - World News -

In the face of the ex­cep­tional weather pat­terns oc­cur­ring across the world, many peo­ple now view cli­mate change as a re­al­ity and ac­cept that hu­man ac­tiv­ity is prob­a­bly the un­der­ly­ing cause.

Po­lit­i­cally, the de­bate is no longer about the facts of the sit­u­a­tion but about de­vel­op­ing mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion ap­proaches to mod­u­late its im­pacts.

,ow­ever, such ap­proaches present sig­nif­i­cant pol­icy chal­lenges, es­pe­cially in the food sec­tor where glob­al­i­sa­tion plays a key strate­gic role in bal­anc­ing sup­ply and de­mand.

Eo coun­try can now con­sider its food econ­omy in iso­la­tion in­ter­na­tional im­ports and ex­ports of an­i­mal feed­stuffs, food raw ma­te­ri­als and fresh and man­u­fac­tured con­sumer food prod­ucts are fun­da­men­tal to food se­cu­rityand will be more so in fu­ture.

Politi­cians, in an ea­ger­ness to be seen to be tak­ing ac­tion, o en lean to­wards ap­proaches based on tax­a­tion or regulation, the two levers of power over which they have great­est con­trol.

But, in the con­text of cli­mate change and food sup­ply, those ap­proaches may not be the most ef­fec­tive they risk com­pro­mis­ing mar­ket dy­nam­ics and they may have sub­stan­tial un­in­tended conse uences.

dhe Sco sh govern­ment s failed at­tempts to im­ple­ment min­i­mum unit pric­ing for al­co­hol as a pub­lic health mea­sure in Scot­land well il­lus­trate the di cul­ties of ex­ert­ing political lev­er­age through food taxes no one can be in any doubt about the Eh Court s in­tense dis­like

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