Share of homegrown produce in UK rose from 2.9% to 5% between 2008 and 2011
Homegrown fruit and veg back on menu as Britons turn to allotments to save money in struggling economy
By Daily Mail Reporter
30 December 2012
Families are increasingly turning to homegrown produce as household budgets are squeezed by Britain’s trouble economy and soaring fruit prices.
The share of all fruit and vegetables consumed in the UK which were grown in allotments or gardens went up from 2.9 per cent to 5 per cent between 2008 and 2011, official statistics show, an increase of nearly 70 per cent.
Eggs from home-reared chickens rose from 3.2 per cent to 5.7 per cent.
Beans are the most popular homegrown item – one in three eaten in Britain were self-grown.
Ten per cent of strawberries and raspberries were grown at home, along with 9 per cent of apples, 7 per cent of potatoes and 6 per cent of tomatoes.
On average, 3.5oz of home-grown fruit and vegetables was eaten per person every week in the UK in 2011, a rise of more than a third on the previous year.
The economic downturn, combined with the rising cost of food bills and campaigns by celebrity chefs, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver, is being credited for the rise in the number of Britons people turning their hand to self-sufficiency.
Around 150,000 people are on waiting lists for council allotments, with waiting times in parts of London as long as 40 years.