According to farming minister David Heath, Britain may need to ‘Dig for Survival’. The Lib Dem MP recently urged us to grow more of our own fruit and veg and rely less on foreign imports. “We need to be able to produce enough to deal with the requirements in this country. Food security is going to be an issue of increasing relevance,” he said.
Poor weather and crop disease can have a disastrous impact on sensitive supermarket supply chains. Food prices have already shot up within the last year and it looks as though average prices have gone up 6 per cent for veg buyers and 10 percent on fruit.
So when you do get your Summer gluts this year – freeze, bottle, store and pickle!