A new leaf for salad

The Summer of Salads – record-breaking temperatures this summer saw a greater demand for salad, with sales increasing 6% on last year. However, whilst the population blissfully barbequed ad infinitum the scorching conditions proved nightmare growing conditions, promoting growers to revise their irrigation strategies for extreme heat. In fact, lettuce shortages meant that produce had to be shipped in from the US and Europe to assuage the nations newly acquired appetite for healthier, lighter meals.

It begs the question, could Vertical Farming be the answer to the inevitable problems faced by farmers; if climate change isn’t challenge enough, seasonal worker shortages post-Brexit are set to throw a spanner in the works. Anyone for an Indian summer?

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