(TELEGRAPH) — Food price inflation will only get worse as the rising global population and climate change add to the volatility faced by British consumers, the government’s chief scientist warned today.
In a new blow to families struggling to pay their grocery bills, Prof Sir John Beddington said the cost of food was “not going to stop” rising in the foreseeable future.
During a radio discussion about food prices, he said much of world’s agriculture was dependent on stable weather patterns, which have undergone “major changes” in recent years.
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This, he warned, meant that food supplies were “extremely fragile” and that reserves were subjected to extremes in conditions caused by climate change.