Farmer grows less Food to stop Grandchildren starving

April 14, 2008 · Filed Under press releases · Comment 

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Farmer grows LESS Food to stop Grandchildren starving to death!

Yorkshire farmer, John Gossop, is so concerned about his
grandchildren and their generation starving to death that he
has slashed the amount of vegetables grown on his farm so that
he has time to raise awareness that ¾ of the world’s
population could starve to death by 2025.

Mr Gossop, grandad to Anthony (14), Gemma (12), Sam (6) and
Abbie (2), set up the web site www.peakfood.co.uk and wrote
the book, Famine in the West, which has earned praise from
writer and broadcaster Jonathon Porritt and Farmers Weekly
legend, David Richardson. His homemade Youtube video is top
of the rankings when searching ‘food security.’

“It’s a start, but I’m still desperately concerned that most
people have no idea of the danger we face. We have allowed our
food production system to become totally dependent on oil and
gas which are not only finite, but their use is causing
climatic change so that yield sapping droughts and floods are
on the increase.

“By 2025, the world will have 8 billion people, but with
diminishing resources of energy, water, fertiliser and
farmland plus the negative effect of climate change, famine
looks inevitable unless action is taken, and we in the West
are more vulnerable then the people of Africa, Asia and South
America.

“The truly frightening thing is that severe food shortages
could be just around the corner. World food carry-over stocks
are already dangerously low, causing present price increases,
so that a series of poor harvests would cause panic buying,
hoarding and speculation which would quickly empty supermarket
shelves, adding to the sense of shortage.”

John believes that we need a massive carbon tax to replace all
other taxes in order to drive innovation quickly enough to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve oil supplies.

Further information on John, his book and his “Tax Carbon, not
Income” campaign is available at www.peakfood.co.uk

Press Release – New Harvesting Machine set to help fight Climate Change

July 8, 2007 · Filed Under Uncategorized, press releases · Comment 

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Leanne Wilcox
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New Harvesting Machine set to help fight Climate Change
 

Details were released today of a new machine that could help
solve the problem of climate change. A diagram of the machine
was posted on internet site www.peakfood.co.uk at 6:00 this
morning.

“Basically, it replaces the present combine harvester,” says
its inventor, East Yorkshire farmer, John Gossop. “By
harvesting crops intact – that is the straw and the grain
together –after first swathing or spraying with roundup to reduce moisture content, we can effectively utilise the annual 1.8 billion
acres of straw worldwide for energy purposes. At present much
of this straw returns to the land releasing CO² back to the
atmosphere without benefit. Because the energy and labour
inputs up to harvest are the same whether the straw is
utilised or not, the straw is a free asset at that point.
This straw could be used for electricity production or
cellulosic ethenol.”

Mr Gossop is not completely unknown in the farming community.
Already an award-winning inventor, he has seen a previous
farming invention manufactured commercially and set up a web
site to consider the threats to future food security. In
addition to this he wrote the book, Famine in the West, which
was recently described by Farmer’s Weekly’s David Richardson
as “impressive” and “thoroughly researched with obvious
rigour;” and by eminent writer and broadcaster, Jonathon
Porritt as “compelling, providing us with a robust and
authoritative antidote to the dangerously irrelevant ‘business
as usual’ bull**** that dominates so much of today’s debate
about the future of farming.”

So, can we all relax now, and stop worrying about global
warming? Unfortunately not.

“The change to intact harvesting with local processing
facilities would need considerable investment and possible
government backing,” says John. “But the advantage of lower
costs to farmers with additional output would be very
worthwhile and a necessary step in obtaining more of our
energy from the sun. We need to put pressure on Defra
(Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to at
least consider the idea. If we don’t take action like this
very soon, it will be too late, and the environmental
consequences will be both devastating and irreversible.”

Those who can see potential in an intact harvesting system are
asked to lobby Defra. Contact information is available on
www.peakfood.co.uk/intact-harvester/

John Gossop is also looking for assistance in commercialising
the harvester.