What is causing the 2017 vegetable shortage?

Posted February 7, 2017

Vegetables are being rationed in supermarkets across the UK CREDIT: NICK EDWARDS

From telegraph.co.uk

From British supermarkets have been forced to ration vegetables after floods and storms ransacked crops across the Mediterranean.

Some of the country’s leading retailers have put caps on the amount of fresh produce shoppers can buy at one time, with broccoli and iceberg lettuces among the worst affected vegetables.

But how exactly has this happened, and what does it mean for consumers?

The Cause

In short, the weather is to blame. Countries in the Mediterranean have suffered what has been described as the “perfect storm” of poor growing conditions, including horrific floods on the south-eastern coast of Spain that took the lives of five people before Christmas.

One of the worst-hit areas was Murcia, which is the heartland of lettuce production in Spain and one of the biggest lettuce hubs on the continent. In 2013, Murcia produced 370,451 tons of lettuce, and the year before that the region accounted for 74pc of all lettuce exported by the country.

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