805: Feeding Britain – fruit and vegetables

‘Feeding Britain’ examines food production and security in Britain. The Smith Institute asked Dr John Bridge (chairman of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board) and Nick Johnson (research fellow at the Smith Institute) to edit a collection of essays around the subject. This paper is by Martin Beckenham, Chief Executive of the Horticultural Development Company. Other sectors will be reviewed in future papers.

Year of Publication2009

The industry could supply UK consumers with a higher proportion of the vegetable crops that can be grown in our climate and also indigenous fruits during our season extended by protected cropping techniques for soft fruit and cold storage for top fruit. The increases would be limited by the availability of labour, investment confidence, the lack of central government funding for R&D and the lack of government strategic policy for horticulture and agriculture.

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