Thursday, 5 May 2011
Hard times just around the corner?
This is turning out to be the dryest spring since records began and the same conditions are being experienced across Northern Europe. This comes after last year's dry summer and poor harvest resulted in the cost of animal feed going through the roof and Russia putting a ban on grain exports. If the drought continues British farmers and growers are looking at the possibility of some very poor yields. The grass will start to die back at the time when it should be lush and green. A poor hay and silage crop will force up animal feed prices yet again. Vegetable growers are struggling to keep young plants alive let alone grow and a very significant drop in cereal yields can be expected.
None of these concerns have been given much attention by the mainstream media as yet but the implications for all of this are plain to see. Next winter, just as the effect of the public spending cuts are really starting to bite, we may well be faced with some pretty shocking supermarket bills. Utility costs are set to rise as well and a hard winter could mean a very tough time for pensioners,claimants and the low paid; the gulf between rich and poor could widen yet further. How we will all respond to this remains to be seen.