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Over extreme weather fears:

Cornwall farmer says UK vegetable supplies are safe

Britain is in the midst of a cauliflower shortage after extreme weather conditions damaged much of this year's crops, with other brassica vegetables potentially threatened. However, although fears were voiced over a cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts shortage, a Cornwall farmer has said that much of the duchy's brassica vegetable supply is going to be okay.

Record amounts of heavy rainfall in June destroyed crops across Lincolnshire as well as supplies from Europe wilting in last months’ heatwaves.

A spokesperson for the Brassica Growers Association said that this resulted in flooded and damaged crops which has led to a shortening of supply, commenting: "Crops can withstand a reasonable amount of variation in weather but the conditions in June were too much and as a result crops have suffered."

Ordinarily, parts of Europe would make up any shortfall in the UK supply chain but Europe has experiences its own share of extreme weather with record temperature highs this summer.

CEO of British Growers, Jack Ward, said: "There is a danger that we take food production for granted and expect our supply chains to deliver irrespective of the conditions. Over the past two seasons we have seen extraordinary weather conditions and inevitably this influences supply."


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