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Soaring energy costs force UK tomato growers to quit

Graham Watson

13th April 2023

Rising costs are driving some tomato farmers out of business - and for those of you revising for an examination, you might think about how this moves individual farmers from a position where they are profit-making to loss-making. However, the consequences of this are higher prices, and less choice for consumers.

Here is the article to read from the Guardian

There is a neat bit of microeconomics and the price mechanism in this section:

"Some growers plan to mothball greenhouses or switch to more lucrative crops such as cucumbers, aubergines or sweet peppers."

One person commented on social media that the low prices paid to farmers by supermarkets have amplified the problems facing growers.

"Customers can pay £2 a punnet for premium cherry tomatoes, making them a relatively cheap treat compared with a £3.55 flat white in Pret a Manger.’

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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