Almostly comically, the topic of Post Brexit UK food security has been given an airing. Here, we've the usual complacencySure, Irish agriculture is terrifically productive, innit?Sandwich ingredients safe: Taoiseach rules out 'food stockpiling' in the case of a hard Brexit
TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has ruled out the need for Ireland to stockpile food in the case of a hard Brexit.
Well, no, actually. The food value of what we import exceeds the food value of what we export.Half of us would starve if we depended on current domestic food production.Ireland has been net importer of food since 2000, UN data reveals
Contrary to the prevailing opinion in Irish agriculture, both Ireland and the EU are net importers of food energy.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, data from 1960 to 2011 (the most recently available data) reveal that while Ireland was a net importer of calories until the mid-1970s, it then became a net exporter until 2000.
Since then, however, the value of this country’s food energy net imports in calories has at times exceeded the equivalent of the calorie intake of 2.5 million people.
Our food security depends on the UK, same as the security of the medicine supply chain that we've already admitted is a potential problem.