Monday, April 26, 2010

Volcano ash cloud and credit crunch give Wirral’s organic farms a boost

"ONCE upon a time, locally sourced organic food was the preserve of the rich. But now it seems the recession – and this week’s ash cloud – is changing all that.
The ash cloud that hovers stubbornly over the UK is stopping imports of fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables from across the globe. Suppliers are now having to look closer to home for fresh produce – meaning it’s out with African mange tout and in with British spring greens and new potatoes.
Similarly, as nitrogen fertilisers, used by conventional farms, increase in price, many organic foods now cost about the same as their conventional counterparts."

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