Jeremy Clarkson fears people will 'resort to cannibalism' amid food shortages

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Jeremy Clarkson at the Memorial Hall in Chadlington, where he held a showdown meeting with local residents over concerns about his Oxfordshire farm shop. Picture date: Thursday September 9, 2021. (Photo by PA Video/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jeremy Clarkson at the Memorial Hall in Chadlington. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Jeremy Clarkson has joked that people are going to resort to cannibalism amid the ongoing food shortage crisis.

In his weekly column for The Sunday Times, Clarkson discussed food shortages, supply chain issues and the government's ability to deal with it.

Since the onset of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, food prices have increased and certain foods have become more scarce as the region is the world's largest producer of wheat and sunflower oil.

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Clarkson admitted that current events have him concerned: "This Ukraine business, however, is causing me to have a few chin-scratching moments of despair."

Jeremy Clarkson attends the Amazon Prime Video launch event for Clarkson's Farm at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. Picture date: Wednesday June 9, 2021. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jeremy Clarkson attends the Amazon Prime Video launch event for Clarkson's Farm. (PA Images via Getty Images)
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The former Top Gear host added that he believes the world is "hurtling down a well-watered slide into the pit of hunger, misery and death".

Clarkson also addressed rising energy prices and said that people are able to "live without heat or clothing or even sex, they cannot live without food".

He then joked: "Hunger makes people eat their neighbours."

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Clarkson has also said that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine is leading to farmers in the UK to producing less due to the increasing costs of fertiliser.

In his column, he noted: “Some have already decided to fallow their fields next year and grow nothing at all.”

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Jeremy Clarkson at St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel. (Getty Images)

It has been reported that around £7bn worth of wheat is not being used as Ukraine are unable to export it due to the conflict which has blocked off port cities.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has recently asked Western allies to help free the country's port cities so that they can export the wheat.

It has been feared that the inability to export the wheat will lead to famine in certain parts of the world.

Ukraine supplies large amounts of wheat to Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen but prices have skyrocketed around 50 per cent since the start of the conflict.

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