Update: VT has found might be a 100% fake story and are checking more

by Vladimir Odintsov, …with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow…and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a research institution for the study of the countries and cultures of Asia and North Africa.

[ Editor’s Note: Just when I think I can’t be shocked by anything anymore, something like this pops up. Color me surprised!

And mind you this is the country that is run by people celebrating having ‘won’ Brexit, where they lost 100,000 truck drivers and get a third of their fresh food from the EU. And the airheads responsible for this actually won the last election.

A cynical person like me might take an event like this to reconsider whether democracy was really a representative form of government. As some anonymous person once said, You just can’t make this shit up.

So now Britain can defend the country’s food shelves by sending the army in to make deliveries. But will that be a violation of the Brexit rules if they have to make runs from the EU to Britain.

Meal worms, grasshoppers

In preparation for ‘changing times’ we are seeing the introduction of insects as a main source of human food

So I have to ask, has human evolution reached a point where it is, hmmm, how can I say this…’devloving’? And if so, why is this not a campaign issue anywhere? Thus ends my cheery missive for today.

Dried yellow mealworm can now be sold across the 27-nation bloc after a Monday decision from EU governments and a food safety assessment, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

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First published … August 14, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit have swept across Britain’s supermarket shelves like a hurricane, exacerbating the food poverty that afflicts millions of people in the country. Members of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs consider that ecological problems may cause the situation to deteriorate even further.

Back in March, it was reported that the number of people needing support from food banks had increased by 81%. Children were particularly badly affected, with charities providing food for 122% more children than in March 2020. It was already clear that Britain’s food supply chains were alarmingly fragile.

In the last few months the situation has deteriorated – because of a lack of lorry drivers the army has had to step in to help delivering food to shops, pubs, restaurants and care homes, writes the Daily Mail.

According to the Federation of Wholesale Distributors (FWD) the situation has become critical in the last few weeks, with empty shelves in supermarkets and the risk of people going hungry.

James Bielby, Chief Executive of the FWD estimated the shortfall in lorry drivers at 100,000.  According to a report in The Sun on Sunday, around 2,000 lorry drivers from the Royal Logistics Corps and other regiments are ready to help with distribution at short notice.

“Soldiers will be put up in hotels where necessary and will be working extended hours to assist with the [food transportation] crisis. They will be involved with food distribution as well as the transportation of other essential goods and medical supplies,” said a source cited in the article.

This critical situation is due to the fact that many HGV drivers left Britain after Brexit, and it has not been possible to make up for the shortfall yet, as many drivers are still waiting for their licenses.

The procedure has been slowed down because of the COVID-19 lockdowns. At the beginning of July the Road Haulage Association warned that there might be problems with food deliveries to shops.

24-hour supermarkets have already started displaying notices warning customers about food shortages. There have also been interruptions in the delivery of fresh produce to pub and restaurant chains. There have been shortages of beer, milk and other perishable products. There are also fears that the crisis may cause petrol shortages in filling stations.

According to the Bloomberg press agency, almost a third of Britain’s food imports come from the EU, and it is particularly dependent on the EU for fresh fruit and vegetables.

But Brexit has now come into effect, and there is still no mutually acceptable trade agreement between Britain and the EU. And more and more experts are reaching the conclusion that there never will be. Westminster has shown little interest in reaching an agreement with the EU.

And as far as Brussels is concerned, it is becoming increasingly clear that post-Brexit Britain will not be among its privileged trading partners – and that trade between Britain and the EU will be regulated by the default WTO rules.

Nevertheless, while negotiations are still under way, MPs have called on the government to appoint a Minister for Food Security who can ensure Britain is ready for any outcome. Naturally enough, MPs are particularly concerned to ensure that vulnerable groups such as the unemployed, the homeless, school children and low-income families do not go without food. The new minister is expected to prioritize these groups.

In view of the food shortages experienced by millions of people, discussed above, it is perhaps no coincidence that Britain has been promoting insects as a food source. For example, The Sunday Times reports that people in Britain are beginning to overcome their “traditional disgust” and start enjoying foods made of grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms.

Apparently, this idea is particularly popular with young people concerned about fitness and the environmental credentials of the food they eat. Up to now, cooking with insects has been the preserve of expensive restaurants, but now – the article cheerfully suggests – we are about to see a new approach.

Crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms are increasingly sold in powdered form, meaning that they can be added to almost anything, from protein shakes to desserts.

The author of the article in the Sunday Times sees this as a positive development – after all, insects are rich sources of essential vitamins and minerals, protein and healthy fats. And, since farming insects does not require a lot of land or water, they can be seen as a sustainable source of food.

In support of this new trend, the writer adds that in certain regions of Thailand, Mexico and Central Africa insects have long been seen as a normal food, but that the British have always refused to eat insects – a squeamish attitude that chefs and food scientists find rather frustrating.

Advertising campaigns of this kind are clearly having the desired effect: interest in edible insects is growing in Britain. Nutribug, a Surrey-based food company, already offers products made from crickets, including protein bars with trendy ingredients such as goji berries and chia seeds.

Apparently, their sales have increased by 30% in the last year. According to Meticulous Research, a global market research company, the edible insects market – including food for animals – is expected to grow 24% a year, and may be worth up to £5.75 billion by 2030.

With Britain’s food crisis at its current levels, clearly no option is off the table.

But when British propaganda articles tell the public about how people eat insects in Thailand, Mexico or Central Africa, will they also mention how little money people live on in those countries? Perhaps the next British public information campaign will ask members of the public to live on a similar budget?

After all, it is no secret – either in Britain or further afield – that poverty and social inequality are on the increase in the country. The gulf between the rich and the poor is reaching black hole proportions, and a third of British children are now living in poverty.

Vladimir Odintsov, political observer, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Oh dear!. Since when does one take MSM (the Guardian) seriously? I live in UK, actually Wales. Yes, there are food banks but this is because there are people unfortunate enough not to have the money to buy food normally. There is no food shortage, no empty supermarket shelves, no supply problem, no army trucks…..Oh dear! again. What else could be ‘misleading’ in MSM?
    Now, if this were a story about Moscow, yes, of course they have empty shops and barbed wire and tanks on every street corner, well, when the 2014 sanctions started a friend living in Moscow actually could not buy his favourite French brie cheese even. Shock and horror!
    Sorry but this whole article is wrong. Now the interesting question is ‘why should such material get printed?’

    • I know it was a joke, but it is not about Moscow to compare😂. Because in Msk you can buy S-400 in any drug store even in the middle of the night 😁.
      Nice post, thank you 👍

  2. The queen likes insects because they all live in obedient colonies and protect the queens.
    you guys are going to have to eat up and watch more reptile videos.
    “The queen watching YT video of chimps eating termites with a stick”, ‘Oh how marvelous’
    House of “lords” , Hold my cognac

  3. Despite living in the UK & being a regular supermarket visitor I have no problem filling up a shopping trolley with the usual items ( today included ) I politely suggest that the author checks his facts. In store there are clearly supply chain issues with some items missing for a few days then back in stock. This disruption is likely a result of manufacturers and the supply chain being disrupted due to staff shortages post testing positive for Covid rather than EU related shenanigans. Prices are indeed rising might I suggest a combination of rising fuel costs, currency devaluation and price rigging cartel tactics by the RICO supermarkets. When was the image of the empty shelving taken ? I suspect approx 20:00 hrs when stock are generally run down and shelves due to be re-stocked by the night shift. This smacks of further media fearmongering ( behavioral insights team led ) to provide cover for the Eco Bolshevik “great reset” or some other iniquitous objective. As for eating bugs … Foxtrot Oscar !

    • We are checking…but Google shows, starting on July 22, other media, including AP and the Guardian carrying the story. Those following are using that same description of what’s going on. This may be an ‘area specific’ issue, or a problem for a few days. We will see what other news comes in as we have asked. The NEO people do not pull stories out of thin air. Remember that the story is not one on a shortage of food, but of transportation. With the Story first out on July 22, that is plenty time for it to have been fixed, or improved.

    • Awe come on now,…the queen thinks the subjects are being a bit stubborn about eating their bugs. Why don’t we just list them in the ingredients as “the queens generous proteins”.

    • I just have asked my friend about this situation, she said that they don’t have problems – plenty of local food and some shortage of that from EU. She is from Isle of Cowes.

    • A public perception of crisis might be jolly useful for any rogue politician wishing to amend legislation reducing the safety of all road users by extending the permitted driving hours of heavy goods vehicles HGV = Trucks.
      excerpts
      By Levi Winchester
      14:41, 20 Jul 2021 Updated12:47, 22 Jul 2021
      https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/uk-supermarket-empty-shelves-three-24575260

      Industry bosses have this week warned that supply chains are “starting to fail” due to the number of workers, including lorry drivers and manufacturing staff, getting told to self-isolate after being pinged by the NHS app.

      Last month, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) warned how supermarkets are already saying they’re not receiving their expected food stocks due to the HGV shortage.

      The RHA estimates there is currently a shortfall of up to 100,000 lorry drivers in the UK – with a combination of Covid, Brexit and other factors being blamed.

      The coronavirus pandemic has seen travel become extremely restricted, and haulage companies say European drivers have simply decided not to return to the UK due to Covid-19 and Brexit.

      The RHA has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take action on the HGV driver shortage.

      In response, the government is allowing current drivers to increase their working hours.

      The new rules mean drivers can increase their daily driving limit twice a week from nine hours to 11 hours.

  4. Holy Molly!!
    Eating insects ?! Hell no. I probably ate a hundred of them as a child, when we stole apples and plums in the orchards with the boys. But that was by accident 😁
    I think the British will eventually get out of this situation. New logistics chains for the delivery of goods will be built. Put their favorite savage refugees in trucks to work for half their salary. In general, the former enslaved English colonies will help them not to die of hunger. The British are a strong people 😉.