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In an era when supermarkets started selling blackberries from Argentina in May and mange-tout from Ethiopia all year round, the importance of seasonal, organic produce seemed to be retreating at the end of the 1980s. But in the face of this unnaturally season-less global agricultural trading system, seasonal, organic, and ethical fruit and veg has become increasingly re-emphasized.
The organic debate
The media debate on whether organic food is actually nutritionally better for us or not is relentless. But the fact remains we don’t actually know what the effect of continuous pesticide and fungicide ingestion will have on the human body in the long run. On top of that organic farming uses intelligent crop rotation and pasture-resting to reduce soil erosion while playing an important part in wildlife conservation. Two perfectly good reasons to go organic!
In our research the most ethical wholesale supplier of organic fruit and vegetables is The Ethical Fruit Company which has gained Ethical Accreditation. Working at the height of ethical awareness they have also adopted and been accredited with the Soil Association Ethical Trade Standard. Independent store owners (and supermarkets) looking for more information can visit: www.ethicalfruitcompany.co.uk
On the veg front, the purists will of course know that UK vegetable seasonality means the following:
Beetroot, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, celeriac, celery, chicory, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes (main crop), radishes, rocket, salsify, shallots, spinach, turnips.
Broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, chicory, cucumber, jersey royal new potatoes, kale, leeks, lettuces & salad leaves, onions, potatoes (main crop), purple sprouting broccoli, radishes, rhubarb, rocket, samphire, salsify, spinach, spring onions, watercress, wild nettles.
Artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, celery, chillies, courgettes, cucumber, fennel, French beans, garlic, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces & salad leaves, mange tout, new potatoes, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes (main crop), radishes, rocket, runner beans, spinach, spring onions, sweet corn, turnips, watercress, wild nettles.
Artichoke, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, celeriac, celery, chicory, chillies, cucumber, fennel, garlic, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuces & salad leaves, marrow, onions, parsnips, peppers, potatoes (main crop), pumpkin, radishes, rocket, runner beans, salsify, shallots, spinach, spring onions, swede, sweet corn, turnips, watercress.
Ethical Fruit & Veg Rankings Detailed Table
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We have created ethical rankings for the following brands, based on the activities of the company group (see above tables): Ethical Fruit Company, Fyffes, Greencell, British & Brazillian Produce Co., Chingford Fruit, Direct Produce Supplies, World Empire Trade, Worldwide Fruit, Orchard World, Wealmoor, Primafruit, Grapes Direct, Norman Collet, Richard Hochfeld Ltd., Keelings
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