29 Aug '11, 9am

Buying Local Plums Proves to be Difficult in England

It's the best British plum harvest in years but no one is buying... Farmers and good food shoppers are enraged as supermarkets favour cheaper European imports over the local ones. The National Farmers' Union said farms have hundreds of tons of plums picked and ready to ship but the stores aren't buying. Photo: risdmuseum : Plums, William Hough, 1819-1897 Apparently, the English plum season started early this year, owing to the warm weather and it's been a vintage year for the Victoria plum, which should be widely available now. However, the National Farmers' Union said that "the situation in the British plum market is critical. Imported produce is being dumped on our market and sold at less than the cost of production." Imported plums were being bought at 35p a pint from producers, compared to 70p for the British fruit. Both were sold in the stores for £1. Photo: goldenage...

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