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Articles often talk about the fact the growing locally rather than importing is good for the economy, amongst other things, but they are usually lacking in facts and figures. Here is what British growing actually means to the country and the economy: British Growing is a significant part of the overall food manufacturing sector, producing fresh food crops across the UK. The sector employs over 100,000 full time and seasonal workers across all the disciplines needed to produce high quality produce. British Horticulture contributes over £3bn to the nation's GDP. The UK is over 40% self-sufficient in indigenous Fruit supply and this is increasing. However the nation is less than 60% self-sufficient in Vegetable & Salads supply and this is declining. The industry is highly capital intensive, scientifically progressive, technically advanced and environmentally responsible. Food security of supply (self-sufficiency) matters because UK population is rapidly increasing towards 70m people. Our planet's soil, water and energy sources are finite resources. We will continue to face competition from emerging economies with rapid growths in population and standards of living. The negative resource impact of bringing fresh food from outside of the UK is far greater than producing our nation's requirements here in Great Britain. Our nation's health should be dependent upon Fresh Fruit, Salad and Vegetables to maintain our bodies' defences against disease and poor health. Source:BritishGrowing.org



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