Food prices set to rise as taxpayers forced to pay ‘tens of millions’ to bail out CO2 plants

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Food prices set to rise as taxpayers forced to pay ‘tens of millions’ to bail out CO2 plants
Food prices set to rise as taxpayers forced to pay ‘tens of millions’ to bail out CO2 plants Credit: Pixabay

Food prices set to rise as taxpayers forced to pay ‘tens of millions’ to bail out CO2 plants, minister admits.

Brits are set to be hit with higher food prices after that the government has stepped in and organised a taxpayer-funded bailout that will get CF Industries producing carbon dioxide again.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has confirmed that prices will unfortunately rise. Eustice has revealed that the government now have a deal that will get two plants that produce CO2 working again, but that this will cost tens of millions of pounds.

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It is still expected that the factories will not be able to open for around 48 hours though.

Food and Drink Federation boss Ian Wright, has warned consumers that prices will rise. He commented that: “Prices of carbon dioxide from that company will rise and the customers will have to pay those prices.”

“But as long as that happens I think we’ll see production resume and I think we’ll see pretty quickly the danger of shortages disappear.


“We were pretty close to a really serious problem of quite lengthy periods of empty shelves but fortunately expeditious government action seems to have avoided that.”

CF industries is a US owned firm and they have two plants located in Cheshire and Teeside. Amazingly the two plants manufacture a staggering 60 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced in the UK. The government will subsidise the company for three weeks.

Iceland boss Richard Walker has commented on how shocked he is that the company from America delivers 60 per cent of the UK’s supply.


Walker said: “This is something that’s clearly critical to national security – not just food but also healthcare as well.

“It seems quite perplexing that it’s at the whim of a private enterprise in terms of whether it’s profitable or not and therefore whether they produce the stuff or not.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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