I enjoyed watching Andrew Simms freewheeling his way from bees and bankers through fuel protests and food riots to end up in sustainable futures in Nine Meals from Anarchy. Although it has since been written up and published, this was originally given as a talk, not a policy paper. Perhaps that’s why its such a good read.
To me the section on the fuel protests was the most enlightening. The talk’s title comes from the fact that the UK only has three days worth of food supplies. All of this is in the hands of supermarkets: the government has effectively outsourced our food security. This has serious consequences.
If supermarkets are playing a key role in feeding us in a crisis, will they want a seat on Cobra, the body that would run Britain in a civil emergency? How would you feel about a business sitting on a body that can do anything up to and including suspending parliament and mobilising the armed forces?
This is not as far fetched as it seems. Health services and the police are represented on Cobra. Food is just as important.