The changing climate of risk in the UK strawberry industry.

Presentation covering: historiography of the strawberry sector; impact of climate change on plant diseases; threats and opportunities for the sector; implications for food security.

Year of Publication2010

We predict that if enough plant protection products are available, and suitable disease resistant varieties are used farms will become larger (as smaller farms with smaller yields go out of business); climate change will provide the opportunity for business expansion; climate change and planning restrictions will cause production to move to “strawberry friendly” regions. If plant protection products are not available and suitable varieties are not used, current yields will be unsustainable in Britain and Europe; prices of British crops will rise causing cheaper non-EU grown strawberries to flood the market.

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