The Crop It Like It's Hot Podcast
Fitting fruit and veg into the arable rotation
The UK currently produces just 18% of its fruit and 55% of its vegetables according the NFU, and self-sufficiency for both and veg and potatoes has declined 16% in the past 20 years. But has Brexit, the Covid pandemic, a greater focus on homegrown produce and agroecological farming created greater opportunities? In this episode of Crop it Like it’s Hot, Alice Dyer explores if we really do need to be producing more fruit and veg, how production can slot into the arable rotation using practices such as agroforestry, and what lessons the arable sector could take from the fresh produce industry.