Sales of vegetable seeds 'rocket' as the UK digs for victory
by Victoria Bunney
What's Going On Here?
Sales of vegetable seeds have shot up during the coronavirus outbreak as people take up home gardening during the lockdown. Last weekend seed sellers across the country were overwhelmed, claiming three weeks’ worth of seeds were purchased in just one day!
What Does This Mean?
Perhaps this enforced self-isolation has a few silver linings, as individuals begin to cultivate whatever outdoor space they have for recreation in a time of being house-bound.. Together with empty supermarket shelves and a generalised fear around food security, people are beginning to wonder how they can source their own food.
Why Should We Care?
Only 153,000 hectares out of a total 17.6 million is used for edible horticulture in the UK, with just 56% of vegetables and a mere 16% of fruits being grown nationally. Arguably, we rely on a highly problematic centralised food system that is not robust or localised enough to withstand a large-scale crisis such as the one we’re experiencing.
Yet, with many people forging new habits along with a need for greater support on British farms, perhaps this crisis will help to teach us to become more self-sufficient not just as individuals but nationally.
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