Tons of British-grown fruit wasted over EU worker shortages

ITV News has figures showing tons of food being wasted in the UK. The main cause of this is the shortage of farm workers, which means some UK crops are not being harvested. Seasonal migrants from the EU are staying away, fearing a no deal Brexit. The industry blames the government’s failure to allow more agricultural workers from outside the EU.

ITV filmed at a fruit farm in Ledbury, Herefordshire, where 87,000 punnets of raspberries were wasted in just a fortnight. It's because they are short of 100 pickers - the majority of seasonal agricultural workers come from Eastern Europe.

Fears about Brexit are one of the major reasons so many are now staying away, but a fall in the value of the pound and improving job conditions in their own countries are compounding this growing problem.

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