Give us this day our daily bread, by Christopher Jones, 2011
Why does farming matter?
Food production is the most obvious concern. It is not just a matter of total global food production, though this is obviously important. It is also about where food is produced, what kind of food is produced and who controls it – as well as who can afford it. Closely linked are diet, health and much of local culture.
So much is obvious. What is not always remembered is that food security will be just as important in 10, 20 or 100 years time, and the way in which we nurture agricultural resources now will do much to determine future food security. It has been said that we face a “perfect storm” of growing population, shortage of energy and water and climate change.