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Environmental Issues
Going Green

By Alan J Hartley

Home Grown
Fruit And Vegetables



Over the last couple of decades the population of Great Britain seems to have acquired a taste for more exotic fruits. It must have started with cheap package holidays and air travel abroad to countries where the restaurants served interestingly different meals. Tourists retuned home with newly acquired tastes and so gradually foreign restaurants followed and established themselves in the UK to cater for the changing eating habits. Small wholesalers and importers developed bringing in a wealth of raw foodstuffs with which to supply the new style restaurants so they could prepare their exotic dishes. Then the large Super Markets decided to get in on the act and now the range of imported fruits on display in any fruit and vegetable shop can be quite bewildering.

Some foreign fruit such as Bananas and some vegetables have been imported for decades by ships where transportation is relatively efficient with low costs. In many cases the fruit is picked before it is ripe so that it can make the journey without deteriorating. This is the case with Bananas which are completely green when they are picked and start their travels. Much of the “Green” imported goods cannot be treated like this though and so needs to be imported quickly to prevent the cargo from perishing. Airlines are going out of business as the World Wide recession bites and import costs with the ever-rising price of fuel are escalating anyway. Also, times are changing and people are starting to think about the Environment and the huge impact that all these imports are having.

In 2008 commercial seed producing/selling companies reported that vegetable seed sales showed an incredible growth that far outstripped that of flower seeds as the public suddenly decided to grow their own vegetables. Some of this is undoubtedly due to the growing enthusiasm for healthy organic food as well that seems to be gaining momentum throughout the Nation. Allotments have suddenly become the in thing to have as people try to produce their own healthy vegetables.

Not only do people seem to be growing more vegetables, but there seems to be a wider range of vegetable seeds on sale to cater for the publics ever growing taste for the exotic. It wasn't so many years ago that you would never have seen vegetable plants such as Peppers, Sweet Corn or Aubergines on sale in garden centres. The same seems to be happening with fruit as well. 20 years ago Bay trees were the new plant that everyone wanted, but more recently Blueberries have become very popular. Kiwi plants along with Cranberries, Figs and even Gojii berries can be seen on sale more and more as well as older fruits that are making a come back. These include the true Quince, Medlars and Mulberries.



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