In 2009, the UK government's chief scientific advisor,
Professor John Beddington, warned that growing
populations, falling energy reserves and food shortages
would create a "perfect storm" by 2030. Beddington
claimed that food reserves were at a fifty-year low, and that
the world would require 50% more energy, food and water
According to a 2009 report by the United
Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the world
will have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed a
projected extra 2.3 billion people.
It is predicted that the landmark total of 70million – a figure
the immigration minister in the last Labour government
said would never be allowed – will be reached in the
middle of 2027.
Although slightly off topic, add housing and other supports into the mix and obviously there is a conversation to be had.....If we are to regulate benefits in this way then it needs to be made well clear in advance. Penalising children of the families already here won't help, it is a question of what measures would be sensible to put in place for the future so that things don't become untenable.