Who will Feed Europe's Influx of Migrants?

Irish Naval Forces bringing refugees aboard. Photo by Irish Defense Forces [CC BY 2.0]

Irish Naval Forces bringing refugees aboard. Photo by Irish Defense Forces [CC BY 2.0]

Images in the media this week pulled Europe into a quagmire of conundrums. With the arrival of over 300,000 from the Middle East and Africa just this year, the EU is under pressure. Who will give these new arrivals jobs, housing, health care, and food? Re-funding the World Food Program is the first response, returning to funding levels of 2014. The EU and member states had sharply decreased their supper of the Program, cutting funds from 1,192,726 euros to 711, 277,000 euros. With the EU already coping with a fragile economy, the impact of such an increase will only put more stress upon the members of the union. 

Feeding the surging migrant population has not yet been addressed beyond this funding increase. With images of police lobbing food into anxious crowds of migrants, EU leaders will be aware that the provision of food to this new population will be required to avoid social unrest. A simmering pot, indeed. How will Europe’s  food supply chain adapt? Where will the food come from? And how will the supply chain accommodate the rapid growth of new cuisines, such as a surge in a demand for halal meat?