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Vegetables discarded in fields

Brexit and COVID causing staff shortages on British farms

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British farms hit twice by impact of Brexit and COVID as staff shortages cause major problems. A farm in Southern England had to discard huge amounts of courgettes as it had no staff to pick them. And with a lorry driver shortage making it extremely hard to transport produce to supermarkets, British farmers are facing significant challenges. 

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Insecurity in Chinese fruit market

Fruit importers to China feel impact of global shipping disruption

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Irregular shipping conditions and global shipping capacity problems are causing significant problems for the Chinese import orange market. Chinese ports are struggling with backlogs and fruit is now left rotting in containers.  The Chinese fruit market is ‘decentralising’ as a result of these import challenges that citrus-producing countries such as Peru are experiencing.

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Escalating crisis as food left to rot and prices rise

A lorry driver shortage is driving high prices and leaving food to rot

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Fresh produce is rotting and prices rising due to a lorry driver shortage. Some supermarket shelves already have gaps on them which will lead to inevitable prices rises as supplies shorten. A shortage of as many as 65,000 HGV drivers  is causing a now ‘escalating crisis’, the managing director of Nationwide Produce has warned. 

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Brazilian fruit exports face tight container supply

Brazilian fruit exporters, who were already experiencing difficulties in shipments caused by the pandemic, have had an additional headache since the ship Ever Given ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal in March

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The grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal has aggravated the shortage of reefer containers that Brazilian fruit exporters were already facing. With demand greater than can be met by supply at Brazilian ports, fruit exporters are facing ongoing problems that are expected to last until the end of 2021. 

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Leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits and orange vegetables pack big benefits

New global study finds leafy greens, berries, citrus fruits and orange vegetables form the optimal '5 a day' diet

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New global study finds leafy greens, berries, citrus fruit and orange vegetables can provide the optimum ‘5-a-day’ diet. 

2 million people from 29 countries took part in the study, which found that a ratio of 60:40 in favour of vegetables to provide the most benefit.

Experts from Harvard Medical School found that consumers often had inconsistent information about which vegetables and fruit were most beneficial to everyday diets.

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If 2020 exposed the global food supply chain’s vulnerability, what is in store for 2021?

If 2020 exposed the global food supply chain’s vulnerability, what is in store for 2021?

The pandemic shows no signs of slowing, even with the prospect of a global vaccine rollout on the horizon. The conditions created by it will continue to shape how we choose, consume and make food. But, what does that mean in practice? In short, local supply chains, less labour-intensive methods of production and a more discerning consumer base.

Improved shelf life, taste and pesticide-free growing practices could drive consumer demand for produce grown in controlled environments as trends for 2021 emerge. 

Source: Food Logistics

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Can cheap meat make future pandemics more likely?

Can cheap meat make future pandemics more likely?

South African scientists warn that unless we change our relationship with meat protein, future pandemics look increasingly likely.

The term “once in a generation” has been used frequently to describe the havoc being wreaked by COVID-19. Yet some scientists feel that the current pandemic, which has already infected more than 16 million people and killed more than 600,000 people worldwide, is only a dress rehearsal for an even bigger one.

Source: New Food Magazine

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