Posted in Food

Wheat We Going to Eat for Breakfast

Pop goes the toaster and minutes later I’m running for the bus, with a coffee in one hand and a soggy piece of buttered toast in the other. Marmite, cheese, peanut butter, jam; the choices are endless with this super quick and easy feed. But it may become a limited menu option, as the National Farmers Union (NFU) predict the worst wheat harvest the UK has seen in decades. Lockdown and fears of a no deal Brexit have exasperated a flailing farming community. But the climate crisis is at the forefront of issues for crop growers, with increasing years of weather extremes dominated by periods of wet and dry weather. Three major storms produced the wettest February on record, drenching already saturated fields. Farmers were forced to sow a reduced crop and quality is variable.

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Going Green

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Sorry I have been away so long folks. The pressures of modern day life have had me a little green around the gills. Global political turmoil hasn’t helped. Brexit. Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, the opposition handing him the leadership on a plate. For months I refused to watch, listen, or talk politics choosing not to vote, tearing my polling card up in the trash. But I am back. And green is here to stay.

I was in primary school when whispers of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions started to float around. Stop using aerosol cans and recycle your plastic, glass and paper. Eco warriors as they were known, climbed trees in an effort to save them. It became trendy to carry plastic bags filled with bottles, clothes and paper to the recycling bins that cropped up in supermarket car parks. And there was a surge on sales of roll on and pump action deodorant, products declaring they did not test on animals. But it was a fad a self indulgence, chance to pass the book to someone else. Families continued to strive towards two or more cars on the drive, filling the tanks and heating their homes with depleting fossil fuels. Taking flights became as simple as strolling through the park. The eco warriors were ignored even laughed at, with their cornrows and recycled patchwork clothing. Life continued much as before, only with more throw away goods: paper coffee cups, plastic water bottles, wipes and disposable nappies, plastic bags and straws, disposable razors, and layer after layer of plastic wrapping for our groceries upon supermarket shelves (flown in from far away lands to feed our appetite for a taste of the exotic).

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Now I am 41. The whisper of climate change has become a desperate scream for help. Britain spends a majority of the year under water. Australia spent the summer on fire. Last week houses on the shore of Lake Erie, New York resembled a scene out of frozen, when high winds and freezing temperatures encased homes in thick ice. While southern states are braced for heavy rain and flooding. Volcanoes, earth quakes and tsunamis are becoming more frequent and catastrophic.

It is no secret the oceans are rising due to increasing temperatures and melting glaciers and ice sheets. But a new crisis is emerging. The Artic permafrost is thawing. And fast. Much faster than scientists anticipated. This premature big thaw, can best be described as opening Pandora’s freezer. Releasing vast swathes of carbon from the partially decomposed plants and grazers, buried beneath layers of silt and melting muddy permafrost. Scientists now suspect for every Degree Celsius rise in the earths core temperature, melting permafrost will release up to six years worth of coal, oil and natural gas emissions. Up to three times the amount researchers predicted only a few years previous. Thawing permafrost could become as big a source of CO2 emissions as China, currently the worlds leader in greenhouse gas emissions. Humans need to end their reliance on carbon to fuel their economies. Not in the next century, decade, or year. But now, if there is any chance of reversing the damage caused by climate change.

I have quit goodwill gestures regarding climate change, my only regret is not doing so sooner. Please join hands in support of our climate emergency.