Mixed UK farmer David Butler spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about what UK citizens are likely to experience. Mr Butler spoke of the various reasons why there are food shortages, citing the ongoing war in Ukraine as one of them. The cost of living crisis is deepening in the UK and many people are starting to feel the effects as grain imports slow and fuel prices soar, impacting many people globally. many industries.
Butler said we’re likely to see noticeable gaps in shelving over the next few years.
He told Express.co.uk: “There is no doubt that the current very serious situation with the terrible war going on in Ukraine is going to make this worse.
“So I don’t think it’s a passing situation, obviously there are many factorial reasons why this is happening.
“They’re very complicated and that’s just my view as a farmer, who obviously isn’t as professional in the industry.
“But, I think yes, we may be in store for, certainly I’m calling the medium term, I don’t think it’s a long term thing, but I would definitely say for the next two years we going to have empty shelves and we’ll be very aware of that.”
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Ukrainian grain exports represent more than 80% of the world industry.
Due to the ongoing conflict, exports have been unable to leave ports in southern Ukraine and Russia has been accused of trying to starve the world in retaliation for all the support and aid given to Kyiv .
Junior analyst at the Maritime Strategy Center Benjamin Mainardi has warned of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ability to keep the West out of supplies through his control of valuable seaports.
Mr. Mainardi said: “The countries that import the most grain from Ukraine are, as you mentioned, those countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries like Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt”.
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“And you know, these states are not necessarily the wealthiest and most stable nationally.
“A lot of them are fragile. And once food supplies start to be interrupted and the flow to these countries is weaned, there will be a major problem.
“And you know, there are non-state actors like the United Nations World Food Programme. There was also a big buyer of grain from Ukraine. Just in mid-May their director said that the war was going to put in jeopardize the food security of approximately 276 million people.”
Some Britons are already feeling the pinch as they have had to use charity food banks as the cost of living has created more poverty in the UK.
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Many local food banks may be starting to feel the strain and strain of their services as many people continue to be impacted by the cost of living crisis across the country.
And some food banks have asked for more donations and help to meet the increased demand.
An anonymous food bank worker in London spoke to ABC News and said: ‘We are struggling like this but right now we are in a boiling pot.
“You are freaking people out, we could run until 4:00 p.m. but now at 2:30 p.m. there is no food.”
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This notice was published: 2022-06-12 04:30:00