Radical response needed to address roduction efficienc
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