Record-breaking Wet Weather Driving Up UK Food Prices

Environmentalists blame global warming.

This was the wettest summer in a century and the second wettest in the UK since records began, Met Office figures indicate. The only summer – defined as June, July and August – which was wetter since national records began was in 1912. A drought across much of England during the spring followed by record-breaking wet weather has meant a poor wheat harvest for many farmers, the NFU said.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said wheat yields in England were down by almost 15% on the five-year average, with productivity down to 1980s levels.

“There are many farmers who are down 25 to 30% on the wheat crop,” said NFU President Peter Kendall. “It’s been soul destroying for the farmers growing the crops.”

Poor UK harvests also mean smaller fruit and vegetables than normal.

Martyn Jones, from the Morrisons supermarket chain, said that, for example, carrots were not quite as sweet as previous years, and the available volumes of some food was down – about 25% across most potatoes and root crops.

According to English Apples and Pears Ltd, the apple crop is estimated to be down 27% on 2011, while the overall pear crop is estimated to be down 10%, with Cox and Egremont Russet varieties down 37%.

“I’ve been farming now for 40 years and it’s the worst harvest I have ever known,” says Paul Harris, an arable farmer in Dorset, who believes the difficult times may be set to continue.

The bad weather is also affecting the UK’s wine industry, with the quality and volume of the fruit not up to standard.

Environmental group Friends of The Earth predicts that the situation will deteriorate in the years to come due to global warming.

Global warming? How blind can they be?

According to the late U.K. climatolgist H. H. Lamb, one of the greatest climatologists the world has ever seen, these sorts of wet conditions can be the harbinger of an ice age.

Here’s how I put it in “Not by Fire but by Ice”:

I think our biggest problem will be food. I think we’ll be fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered with ice.

You see, you don’t need a full-fledged ice age to affect food supplies. Increase the amount of precipitation (as is happening today), and you’ve shortened the growing season.

During the 1600s, for instance, as the world descended into what is known as the Little Ice Age, glaciers began expanding out of the Alps. Conditions deteriorated to the point that farmers had to petition for lower taxes because their roads and pastures were covered with ice. In central England, snow remained on the ground for five weeks longer than normal, wheat crops failed, and millions of people died of starvation.  (p. 215)

The next ice age “could quite well be imminent,” said Lamb (p. 187)

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18 thoughts on “Record-breaking Wet Weather Driving Up UK Food Prices

  1. Here in England we haven’t had a decent summer since 2006. How much longer we Brits will swallow the global warming lies remains to see, it seems to appears our position in north western europe leaves us senitive to changes afoot

  2. I am always amazed that Europeans are the most alarmed over the modest warming that has occurred.

    Surely warmer weather is a godsend to countries where Summer is a modest warm period of a few months.

    Where I live the opposite is the case – winter is a mild affair of a few months with warm to hot weather the norm.

    funny thing is it is now impossible to avoid the Brits migrants – and they seem to have brought the cooler wet weather with ’em.

    None seem to be in a hurry to return to the UK either.

  3. 19 minutes ago AP story headlined “Global Warming Causes More Antarctic Ice.” Sure… Yeah… bring on the ice-age so we can all warm up. Idiots!

    • What was that line from Big Brother, in the book 1984, I think? The chocolate ration has been increased from 30 grams a week to 20 grams. Something like that. And there you have the mentality and the “New Speak” of the warmists.

  4. Time to start building coal fired power plants in haste and reopen the old ones before their lack of common sense and concern for the poor lead to massive number of deaths and be accounted as a slaughter more massive than what happened in Cambodia. Self righteous elites in their arrogance refuse to see and acknowledge what they’re perpetrating to their people. Maybe they want all Britain to themselves?

  5. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    Never in mankind’s history has that adage been more true. It should be chiseled into the gravemarker of every single person who perpetuated global warming when the inevitable global cooling starts its killing…

  6. meanwhile in Aus…the price differential between First grade wheat and feed grains is a tiny 10 a tonne.
    so we are feeding top grade wheat to stock as it has a higher protien content.
    price is round 308 first grade and 298 feed wheat.
    in UK prices you can halve? that per tonne, as your pound/euro is still higher than ours.
    its a manipulated shortage, to jack prices higher.
    and yeah while your crops ARE down, theyre still damned high per acre farmed compared to aus.
    you actually have FEET of topsoil ours is measured in inches, very few of em:-)

  7. I would say bring on the ice age so that we can get the environmentalists and their masters out of the gene pool.

  8. In my area, the northern part of Ireland, AccuWeather are forecasting temperatures 1.5C – 2C below the seasonal norm for the next 4 weeks. And that’s after a fairly miserable summer.

  9. I’ve found that warning folks of the the coming ice age is just like warning them of the coming economic wreck; they hide their heads under a rock and refuse to aknowledge it, let alone deal with it. Fiddlin

  10. Siberian Snow Cover Above Normal

    “Siberian snow cover is known to be a help in predicting this winter. Multiple studies (source 1) have shown that Siberian snow cover can predict North America’s winter in advance. It has been found that a lack of Siberian snow has led to below normal snowfall in the following North American winter, and this correlation is the same with above normal snowfall in Siberia.”

    He concludes with:

    “this bodes well with both my forecast and the hopes of many snow lovers this winter. I will be tracking Siberia through October to help me forecast the rest of winter.”

  11. Hi to everyone!
    The more time passes by the more I am convinced that the so called global warming and other environmentalist propaganda is most likely to be the slow start of U.N. Agenda 21 implementation regarding human population reduction on the global scale. In this case those behind running the show know what the result of their policies will be, but this is exactly what they want…

  12. Cold air coliding with warm air causes rain. There has to be a LOT more cold air in the world today than just a few years ago as rain and flooding on a global scale has seriously ramped up over the past 5 years.

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