Kirton Holme grower on food poverty

Roger Welberry.

Roger Welberry.

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Talking to an old Lincolnshire gentleman once about his ex-wife, he said some wives are bad and some are woz, but his wife was wozza, writes Roger Welberry.

Talking to an old Lincolnshire gentleman once about his ex-wife, he said some wives are bad and some are woz, but his wife was wozza.

That word ‘wozza’ about sums up the state of the growing and farming industry this year because of good growing conditions, abundant yields and the European dilemma with Russia and slow demand.

There has been over supply of nearly every product we produce off the land. Yet we hear of food poverty.

Where is that coming from – when thousands of tons of food is being dumped for being out of date; dustbins are full of uneaten food; and wrong-sized carrots, potatoes and leeks that have not met supermarket criteria are being fed to cattle.

It is the same with English fruit. The slightest blemish, mark or a millimetre difference in size and it is rejected.

Fruit and vegetables have never been so cheap and there is no return to the grower, and yet we read fruit and vegetables are too expensive to buy. Yet the housewife can afford crisps, bought sandwiches, ready meals and pastas. Is it because the modern housewife can’t be bothered to wash, peel, scrape, chop and trim proper fresh English vegetables?

Talking about trimming, Christmas is nearly here and there are plenty of good healthy British sprouts available and they are cheap so eat plenty.

Merry Christmas!