For months now drought conditions have prevailed over large parts of North West Europe with significant implications for food productivity.
Even if there is heavy and prolonged rain in the near future, it is possible that farmers will be able to produce only a quarter of their normal annual yield which will affect their ability to provide winter fodder for their livestock and which will cause the price of food to escalate sharply. Everyone will be affected.
Part of the problem is that farming is no longer localised. The increasingly large farming conglomerates supply to places often thousands of miles away from the food source, and growing the land is no longer the traditional calling it was for thousands of years due to the attractions of city life and the money that is seen to be part of it. As the world population increases paradoxically there is less agricultural land available to sustain it, and the problem is exacerbated, necessarily, by our uncertain weather.
Cheap food will become a memory soon and it may be that, as attitudes towards it are forced to change, we will become more appreciative and aware of the blessings of nature which gives us what we need for our survival and well-being. When we have a new more realistic and co-operative approach to food and how it is derived we will discover we have an abundance of it to enjoy. Until then, we will be reminded perhaps painfully about its true value and how to honour it. We deserve the lesson. Let us bless our teacher, Nature.
I write more about the lessons of nature in my book, Spiritual Wisdom.