Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Britain’s current situation is not safe. This is because the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is threatened by a new “catastrophe” on earth, namely the drought that has occurred in Europe due to climate change.
England has been importing these materials from the Mediterranean. However, in data Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) all fruits and vegetables in the future will become more expensive and more difficult to obtain.
“This is due to extreme heat which causes reduced crop yields,” wrote the study results, quoted on Tuesday (15/8/2023).
Planting directly in England could not be done. Much of the food imported from the Mediterranean could not be grown by the kingdom’s usual agricultural model.
It has to use a more expensive and energy intensive process to make it grow. Additionally, there are many that cannot be grown in the UK on a large scale, such as cauliflower, broccoli and strawberries.
“It also accounts for almost two-thirds of cucumbers and tomatoes and almost one-fifth of the total onion supply,” he added.
“It is also related that more than half of UK lemons and peppers come from the Mediterranean and two-thirds of oranges and 40% of table wine. Olive oil is also under threat, of which the UK gets 80% of its supply from the region,” the media said.
Based on 2022 data, more than a quarter of the UK’s food imports or 9.8 billion kg (over £16 billion worth) come from the Mediterranean region. Spain is one of them with a contribution of 7% of British food imports or 4 billion pounds.
“In addition to the climate crisis, we are also in a public health crisis. Most of us are not eating enough fruit and vegetables, and often healthier diets tend to cost more,” said Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit Head of International Programs, Gareth Redmond- King, loaded The Guardians.
“Because the effects of climate change tend to make the healthy food we should be eating more expensive, even more difficult to access for the poorest people,” he added.
“Catastrophe” in Other Europe
Meanwhile, a severe drought also hit southern France. High temperatures and low rainfall have resulted in problems with the supply of fresh water throughout the European country.
EuroNews reported that this week, more than 300,000 residents of the commune experienced water supply interruptions. About 67 communes now receive water by tanker and 18 by bottle.
Apart from France, many countries in Europe have experienced rising temperatures, including Italy, Sicily, Turkey and Greece. As a result, wildfires have sprung up in multiple locations in recent months, with especially bad outbreaks occurring in Corfu, Spain and Portugal.
Earlier in early August, it was reported how drought had hit the Rhine River, which is a vital point of logistics transportation. The river experienced shrinkage and siltation.
This has an impact on the disruption of delivery of goods. SThe 1,230 km long river is the commercial artery for 80% of goods shipped to the German interior, including crude oil and natural gas.
Signs of “Doomsday” are increasingly evident, many countries in the world are affected