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UK vegetable production down according to new Peas Please report

A new report released by the Peas Please initiative, highlights that UK vegetable production fell by 12% between 2017 and 2018 , the lowest level of domestic horticulture production for over 20 years.

Credit: Peter Wendt

Credit: Peter Wendt

The new report, Veg Facts: in Brief, by the Peas Please initiative, finds that the UK supplies just 52.7% of vegetables, with the majority of imported vegetables coming from Spain and the Netherlands. New research from the SHEFS consortium also shows that the UK is now very dependent for fruit and vegetables on countries which are at risk of climate change, making supply chains less resilient.

Under lockdown, 25% of households with children are worried about accessing enough fruit and vegetable, with Veg Facts: in brief showing that even before Covid-19, a third of children under 11 years were eating less than one portion of veg a day.  

Ahead of the second reading of the Agriculture Bill, the Food Foundation is calling for a national plan for horticulture:

  • The Agriculture Bill must support public health as a ‘public good’
  • The Bill must support horticulture as a route to delivering public health
  • The Bill must include a requirement for government to report on household food insecurity in the UK.

Published 11 Jun 2020

Veg Cities: Veg Cities is a feature campaign of the Sustainable Food Cities led by food and farming charity Sustain in partnership with the wider Peas Please initiative led by the Food Foundation, Nourish Scotland, Food Cardiff and WWF.

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