Climate crisis: UK’s fruit and vegetables increasingly imported from environmentally vulnerable countries

‘Radical rethink’ urged as domestic production has fallen while popularity of tropical fruit has grown, writes Harry Cockburn

Harry Cockburn
Monday 09 November 2020 17:42
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British consumers are buying less domestically grown vegetables, research shows
British consumers are buying less domestically grown vegetables, research shows

The availability of fruit and vegetables grown in the UK is declining, with the country becoming increasingly reliant on imports from countries vulnerable to the climate crisis, scientists have warned.

A research team led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), have called for a “radical rethink” of the UK’s trade strategies to ensure people continue to have access to fruit and vegetables - key components of a healthy diet.

The work used open-source data on food trade from 1987-2013, and revealed the domestic contribution to total fruit and vegetable supply in the UK collapsed from 42 per cent in 1987 to just 22 per cent by 2013.

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