According to an article in yesterday’s Independent
, the weather in Britain, especially England, has been so lousy that Britain is set to go from a wheat exporter to a wheat importer for the first time in a decade. The culprit here, if there is only one, appears to be the long spell of cold weather we have had this winter, on top of what can only be called a terrible year of weather. First we had a severe drought in the Spring, and then the rains came thundering down, so then we had a lot of flooding, pretty much all over the country. Then this ridiculously cold and long winter. So grain harvests have been ruined. Actually, not just grain harvests—the folks at Riverford Farms out in Devon, who supply us with our vegetables, have had a pretty bad winter for vegetables, on top of a pretty bad year last year. Of course, this is nothing compared with the wheat problem that Egypt
faces. But still, it's indicative of a pretty unfavorable trend.
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