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Global food stocks are running low and rich nations should not take security of supplies for granted, argues Les Firbank. In this week's Green Room, he outlines his vision for sustainable farming amid the uncertainties we face in the 21st Century.

In the last 12 months, the price of wheat has doubled, and all of a sudden, talk of food security is back on the agenda.  Global food stocks are running low.

There are three main reasons:

  • increasing use of crops for bio-energy, especially in the US
  • increasing demand for meat and milk products in the developing world (livestock are often fed grain and seeds, even if for only part of the year)
  • poor harvests around the world following droughts and floods

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