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UK growers to downsize food production after labor shortage causes ‘unprecedented’ waste

British farmers are being forced to slash production next year as a massive labor shortfall has caused an “unprecedented” amount of food to be thrown out in 2021. The food supply crunch is set to come at a time when imports of produce from the EU are under increased strain.

British shoppers are being advised to brace for more empty shelves and significant food price inflation as UK production falls and more goods are imported. The desperate shortage of labor adds to a growing list of problems for UK farmers who are also dealing with soaring costs for shipping, energy and fertilizer while supermarkets battle to keep prices down as they vie for market share with discount chains.

Growers say they have been forced to throw away millions of pounds of produce, including blueberries, raspberries, apples, salad leaves, tomatoes and flowers.


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