Lack of Sunshine Increases Food Miles

The recent mini heatwave has given me some hope that the vegetable garden will yield at least some produce this season, but the wet weather and lack of sunshine experienced this summer has certainly affected my plants.

Shelves in the local supermarket demonstrate the tough times we have had this summer, with an under-representation of local-grown produce and an unusual  amount of vegetables imported from other locations. Onions from Argentina, cauliflowers from New Zealand, courgettes from Portugal , runner beans from Kenya and peas from Guatemala  are examples of produce helping to make up the shortfall of British produce. A food miles total for the recent shopping would be considerably higher than usual for this time of year. We can only hope that if the weather settles we might yet see many of these crops appearing later in the season – but let’s not hold our breath …..


About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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