Price of veggies in northern Europe could skyrocket

Many field crops such as lettuce and broccoli have been nearly wiped out by cold weather and heavy snowfall in Italy. That, combined with floods in Spain’s Murcia region, “is likely to significantly increase the price of vegetables across northern Europe.”

The price or availability of courgettes (zucchini ), tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and aubergines is also likely be affected.

Murcia, which is estimated to supply about 80% of Europe’s fresh produce during the winter months, has recently endured its heaviest rainfall in 30 years, while Italy, which normally exports vegetables at this time of the year, is now having to import them.

Even before the shortages, Britain imported 50% of its vegetables and 90% of its fruit, said Nationwide Produce food marketing company managing director Tim O’Malley.

This is unprecedented, said a spokesman for the fresh produce industry.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38650167

Thanks to Jeremy Edwards for this link


9 thoughts on “Price of veggies in northern Europe could skyrocket

  1. Price of veggies in northern Europe will skyrocket (and meat, and heating).
    The UK will suffer more from the mini ice-age than main land Europe. The UK is isolated and overpopulated, its only saving grace is the Gulf Stream.

  2. huh?
    its WINTER!
    why the hell would anyone be growing lettuces and zucchini in that season anyway?
    African land owned by the EU would surely be the main source of those goods about now anyway?

    • Lettuce (not zuchinni) is more a cool season crop. If it gets too hot you can’t grow it (here in VA, not possible in summer), as it will bolt and get bitter. Only a few specialty lettuce varieties they claim are slow to bolt and can be grown in summer but I usually don’t bother here.

      Any place that has mild winters, fall through spring (including winter) is the best time to grow lettuce. And if you live where you normally get snow, it can be grown fall or spring. Even tho I get snow here sometimes in winter, I usually risk putting in some lettuce which I can get in a few weeks and if it snows or we get an ice storm … wait until it melts and try again.

    • Notice all the reports here about record snow and cold in Europe.
      Spain and Italy are used to milder winters. The Southwestern deserts of the U.S. and California grow tons of cool weather vegetables this time of year.

  3. If a fraction of the money spent in the EU for windmills had been spent on building modern greenhouses in these countries they would be paying sane prices and have veggies year round. It is the only way to prepare for what looks to be a fast approaching mini Ice Age. As part of my lunch today in Yuma, AZ, I am going to enjoy grape tomatoes grown in a greenhouse in Utah. That facility uses elevated CO2 levels (1200 to 1600 ppm), the exact nutrients the plants need, and a controlled environment to have continuos harvesting year round.

    These crop losses are a direct result of letting unelected officials drive false agendas to enlarge their control of their subjects lives. Welcome to the end result of letting yourselves be subjected to Socialism. They are starving in Venezuela. I hope Europe isn’t headed down the same path.

  4. I don’t see real problems.
    Dutch production, very substantial, continues as usual and in Spain and Italy most production is covered by plastic domes. Also in the picture new producers in Africa and even Middle Eastern counyries all looking for export opportunities. Besides that, it doesn’t take much time to grow lettuce.
    Prices may go up a little for a short period of time but we can afford it. No major disaster.

  5. tell yourself that when spring cold snaps this year wipe out many more crops like last year, many cherry crops were wiped out, as a result of decreased solar activity this is only a taste of crop failures ahead.

  6. Actually, lettuce is one of the easiest things to grow so shouldn’t be a disaster.

    Try growing your own! Hundreds of varieties, the only one I haven’t tried is iceberg (which I don’t care for). All it takes is some soil, seeds, a bit of sun (can grow is shade also), and some water. Does not need bees… only issue is if it gets too hot it gets bitter and bolts. Grows very well in pots, all you do is sprinkle the seeds on the soil and water. My understanding is you could also grow it indoors, in a sunny window in a pot.

    Brocholli raab, a favorite of Italians, is also very easily grown… similar method. It may be an acquired taste, similar to brocholli but a bit bitter, sauted with a splash of vinegar is very nice.

    I have also grown zucchini , tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and aubergines (eggplant) in pots … although they require bigger pots, take more time, and most require bees (some cucumbers don’t). They are summer crops other than tomatoes (if you live in a hot place, like southern CA, can only grow tomatoes in winter… leaves burn in hot sun).

    Tomatoes can be the trickiest of these and require lots of fertilizer (although worm castings and manure work well). They require more water than lettuce. All are pretty easy to start indoors.

    Chili peppers are about the easiest of all those, and I have successfully grown them when I’ve had trouble years with other crops. Despite their reputation for growing in full sun… you can in fact grow them in full shade (although you get fewer of them). Chilis are actually WEEDS!! That’s why they are so easy! And good for you.

    Takes a while to grow some of them (the lettuce is fastest)… but at least a supplement to your diet if the markets are having problems.

  7. Noticed a week ago, that fresh vegetables grown in Spain were available in limited numbers in my local Tesco. Tomatoes, Spring Onions, Cucumbers. It looks like they are being rationed on the quiet.

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