Horticulture in the UK: potential for meeting dietary guideline demands – Food Policy Briefings

Horticulture in the UK: potential for meeting dietary guideline demands

by Victoria Schoen and Tim Lang

Public health analysis suggests that many lives can be saved if the UK population actually followed dietary guidelines on fruit and vegetable daily intake. The Government’s Eatwell Plate recommends that more than a third of UK daily diets should comprise fruit and vegetables and yet currently less than a quarter of diets are taken from this source. A UK debate on the status of the horticultural industry and its potential to meet a recommended increase in consumption is long overdue.

This paper presents current national levels of fruit and vegetable production and consumption. It outlines the origins of what horticultural produce is consumed here and the potential for meeting demand should diets adapt to those suggested by government guidelines. The Briefing provides a summary of key facts on UK horticulture based on information that is publicly available.

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1 Comment

  1. David Tompkins says:

    This is an absolutely fascinating paper and a ‘call to arms’ for re-investment in UK horticulture, to address a range of pressing societal needs. I’ve not read anything so inspiring since completing my Horticulture degree at Wye almost 20 years ago.

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