20 July 2018

UK imports salad from US, Spain and Poland as heatwave hits crops

GROWERS ARE WARNING THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT COULD HAVE A PRICE IMPACT ON SHOPPERS FOR UP TO 11 MONTHS, reports the Sun and the Guardian.  Carrot growers are warning that they are days away from watching their crops “keel over from drought.”  The UK is normally 97% self-sufficient in carrots, but this year’s supply could fall by up to 40%.  Peas, potatoes and even meat is suffering from the heatwave.  Lettuce is being flown in from the US and imported from Spain and Poland as soaring temperatures both increase demand and hit supplies.  The UK’s salad crop is 75% of its usual yield for the time of year, and demand is up by 40% a week.