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Pg 6 and 7 ( Big Agriculture is the Only Option to Stop the World Going Hungry by Jay Rayner

(Paragraph 6)   Which goes some way to explaining why Britain, a country perfectly suited to growing apples, now imports 70% of those we eat. The apple shelves are a global tour, from Chile to South Africa, from New Zealand to China, even as we head into prime British apple season. We will never become self-sufficient in apples, but it is possible to reverse the numbers so that only 30% come from abroad, if we stop being obsessed over the look of the fruit and are prepared to pay more for what we buy, so that fruit farmers could invest in new varieties and the best storage techniques.

(Paragraph 7)  Cost is key. In the early 90s, we spent roughly 20% of our wages on our shopping bill. Today, it's nearer 10%, even allowing for recent inflation, and we assume these low prices to be a right. The result is margins for our farmers that are so tight many are giving up. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the dairy industry which is not only shedding farmers every week, but losing its future workforce too, as the traditions of family succession dwindle. Farmers' kids don't want to go into the business and their parents don't want them too, either. A country suited to dairy farming is no longer self-sufficient in milk. We're importing the stuff.


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Britain imports too many apples.

Britain can grow most of its own apples.

Importing apples is environmentally and economically unsound.  

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Food costs less and farmers suffer. 

Small farms are dwindling, as farm kids are not interested in farming. We need industrial food production. 

This speaks to the debate over small farms and the industrial food production business.