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Resources in the UK

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The changing demand and provision of resources in the UK create opportunities and challenges. An overview of resources in relation to the UK.

Food:

• the growing demand for high-value food exports from low income countries and all-year demand for seasonal food and organic produce • larger carbon footprints due to the increasing number of ‘food miles’ travelled, and moves towards local sourcing of food • the trend towards agribusiness.

Water:

• the changing demand for water • water quality and pollution management • matching supply and demand – areas of deficit and surplus • the need for transfer to maintain supplies.

Energy:

• the changing energy mix – reliance on fossil fuels, growing significance of renewables • reduced domestic supplies of coal, gas and oil • economic and environmental issues associated with exploitation of energy sources.

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