There’s an interesting , if long in the Sunday Herald a Scottish newspaper, about how the interplay between food and fuel could play out.
The key points of Kenney Kemp’s article is that not all countries have more land to farm
The bad news for Scotland is that its farming industry is not in a position to help us avoid rising world food prices by producing more food for ourselves. For one thing, Scotland doesn’t have any extra farmland. This is illustrated by the fact that in 1997, the total area under cultivation was 5.5 million hectares – and 10 years later this was about the same.
From 1974 until 2005 food prices on world markets fell by three-quarters in real terms, with obesity and gluttony exploding simultaneously. But the days of the great grain mountains appear to have come to an end.
Prediction: look out for more stories like this in the press as the year progresses.