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UK facing food shortages and price rises after extreme weather

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK is grappling with potential food shortages and price hikes as extreme weather affects agricultural yields both domestically and internationally
• Persistent heavy rains have delayed or prevented the planting of key crops such as potatoes and wheat, leading to poor quality harvests and high mortality rates among livestock

🔭 The context: Adverse weather conditions are also being experienced in other European nations and Morocco, limiting the availability of imports 
• Economists predict significant food inflation, compounding the challenges faced by UK farmers already struggling with low yields and high operational costs

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These developments underscore the broader environmental impact of climate change on food security 
• With erratic weather patterns becoming more common, traditional agricultural practices are becoming unsustainable, prompting calls for urgent action to mitigate climate risks and overhaul food systems

⏭️ What's next: As the situation evolves, food supplies may be further strained, affecting consumer prices and availability 
• The need for sustainable agricultural practices and food systems that can withstand climate challenges is becoming increasingly critical

💬 One quote: "We should all be extremely concerned. We need to be doing everything to reduce emissions while transforming our food systems," (Dr. Paul Behrens, Associate Professor of Environmental Change, Leiden University)

📈 One stat: The wholesale price of potatoes has risen by 60% year over year due to crop failures

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