Britain may need to 'dig for survival', minister says

16.04.2013

The Telegraph

Published 16 April 2013

Britain faces an era of food shortages and the public may be forced to grow vegetables to survive, the government has suggested.

The threat to British food supplies is potentially “disastrous”, according to the Global Food Security programme, which is run by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and backed by the government. (...)

Mr Heath, the Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome  believes that genetically modified crops (GM) would have a potentially significant role in meeting food needs in future, by developing higher yielding varieties and crops that require less intensive inputs.

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