Food waste is not food waste!!??

Under a new EU regulatioin on food waste 34% of wasted food will not be regarded as food waste. The new regulation requires member states to report their tonnage of food waste. That is not a bad thing, a 60% reduction in food waste by 2030 could save 84.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year and reduce Europe’s burden of land-use by an area greater than Croatia.

However waste that occurs on the farm is to be excluded. Most of this waste is the result of corporations who reject ‘ugly food’, cancel contracts, impose sudden price reductions, etc., or it is the failing of the Common Agricultural Policy that has encouraged over-production. By excluding this waste Brussels and their corporate lobbyists avoid responsibility for the problem they have created. All too convenient!

Draft law to exclude wonky carrots from food waste

Wages soar due to Brexit

As EU workers leave the UK as a result of the Brexit vote employers facing skills shortages are having to raise wages.
A CIPD/Adecco survey found that two-thirds of private sector firms had increased their starting salaries in response to recruitment challenges.
Jon Boys, labour market economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: “The labour market is surprisingly robust. There are skills shortages and companies are struggling to get the talent they need – that’s what’s driving this increase in pay growth we’re seeing.”
In the hospitality sector wages have increased 38% between 2017 and 2018.
In the construction industry bewtween 2016 – 2018, Crawler Crane Operators have seen the greatest pay increase (54%), while Electrical Testers have reported a 34% surge and Steel Fixers a rise of 22% as firms look to reduce a long-standing reliance on workers from overseas.
Google can show you many more examples.
Those gullible enough to believe the pseudo-intellectual articles that claimed high levels of migration had no effect on wages, and those that take part in the cultural bullying of those that have pointed out that migration does affect wages, can now see clear evidence that they were wrong!

Hospitality wages up by 38%

Brexit report – construction wages

Water and our growing population

Today we are warned by the Environment Agency that England will run short of water within 25 years, due to rising population and climate change. To those aware of the environmental damage our rising population is doing this comes as no surprise. The WWF has already reported that a third of river catchments are threatened by excessively high abstraction levels.
It is a suprising statistic that, if we ignore small islands, after Bangladesh and South Korea, England is the third most populated country in the World. Recently the National Rivers Authority reported that if we divide the total rainfall for England by it’s population we have per head as much water as Cyprus!
More than 50% of our population growth comes from inwards migration and the numbers have reached absurd levels. With more than 250,000 new residents arriving every year we can fill the City of Bristol in less than 24 months.
To alleviate our growing housing crisis the government propose to build 5 garden towns between Oxford and Cambridge. This will create 103,000 new homes. Using the average UK home occupancy of 2.4 people per dwelling we can see that these homes will house approx 247,200 people. At our current rate of net migration we can fill all these homes within 11 months, just using new residents from overseas.
One of the solutions to supply our fast growing population is a ‘mega reservoir’ near Abingdon, Oxford that would cover more than 4 square miles, resulting in significant environmental, economic and social damage.
Excessive water abstraction is only one of the problems resulting from our over generous migration policies. I doubt many here would disagree that a sensible migration policy would match numbers coming in with our ability to cope with those numbers. We cannot do this as long as we are subject to the failed idealism of Freedom of Movement.

Excessive water abstraction threatens UK rivers.