British-grown produce is better but struggles to compete, Bartle tells Yorkshire's shoppers

British Tomato Growers Association chairman Nigel Bartle has called on Yorkshire's consumers to back British-grown produce "because it is better".

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In a comment piece for the Yorkshire Post, he said: "We need everything from the curriculum through to government policy to highlight the importance of growing and consuming our own food.

"That does not mean producing for the sake of it or asking people just to buy it because it's British [but] because it is better."

He added: "We don't want handouts, but it is hard to compete with imported product if it is produced to a lower standard or with some costs supported."

He also urged young people to consider working in the industry, having joined the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's mentoring scheme to support this.

And he recommended shoppers not to refrigerate tomatoes, saying: "Fridges do flavours no favours."


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