Well done to The Guardian!

Two big drivers of food inflation, in the UK at least, are the spike in demand for goods as bars and restaurants reopen, and the fallout from Brexit, which has caused shortages of workers on farms and in warehouses and food processing centres, and hindered the flow of goods into the country.

From the ONS:

On a monthly basis, CPIH rose by 0.5% in May 2021, compared with little change in May 2020.
Rising prices for clothing, motor fuel, recreational goods (particularly games and recording media), and meals and drinks consumed out resulted in the largest upward contributions to the change in the CPIH 12-month inflation rate between April and May 2021.
These were partially offset by a large downward contribution from food and non-alcoholic beverages, where prices fell this year but rose a year ago, particularly for bread and cereals.

17 thoughts on “Well done to The Guardian!”

  1. Having recently retired I have started to make an effort to cultivate my garden. Maybe I’ve chosen just the right time to start growing vegetables again? Although in the past I’ve found that the supermarket is so cheap that growing your own is only really worth it for the satisfaction of doing it, it doesn’t really save you much money.

  2. Stonyground – yep not only do they grow them and dig them up nowadays they wash’em for you too. Rhubarb’s a good one to grow. It’s relatively expensive and once established it just grows back every year.

  3. ‘… Brexit… and hindered the flow of goods into the country.’

    Free of EU tariff and non-tariff barriers, wouldn’t that mean the flow of goods into the UK is less hindered?

    I suppose if the Guardian believes the EU Countries are the whole World, the 85% of the economy outside does not count.

    The Guardian evidently doesn’t know that movement of people and goods within the EU has been and still is hindered because of the crass idiocy of the deadbeat in charge and the panicdemic (now an Everdemic) they created.

  4. We are enjoying the Moroccan tomatoes. Infinitely better than those watery Dutch ones. Up yours, Graun!

  5. Stonyground,

    “Having recently retired I have started to make an effort to cultivate my garden. Maybe I’ve chosen just the right time to start growing vegetables again? Although in the past I’ve found that the supermarket is so cheap that growing your own is only really worth it for the satisfaction of doing it, it doesn’t really save you much money.”

    I’ve chosen food to grow by looking at space required, effort and cost. The absolute best thing to grow are herbs like rosemary, chives and thyme. Dig a bed, put them in, and they pretty much look after themselves. Pick a bit of rosemary when you need it and save about a quid compared to the supermarket. 3 or 4 times you use it, you pay for it. I like fruit trees and plants too. Rhubarb and blackberries just keep delivering. Not much effort, lots of fruit.

    Things like lettuces are at the other end. Loads of space for a product that costs sod all.

  6. “Although in the past I’ve found that the supermarket is so cheap that growing your own is only really worth it for the satisfaction of doing it”

    Apart from the excellent advice about brambles, rhubarb, and herbs (I add tarragon, chervil, lovage, and mints) let me extoll the virtues of growing (i) sweetcorn – you’ll never get such good commercial sweetcorn because the sugar starts converting to starch the moment you pick the ears, (ii) tatties, if you want to try different varieties of known identity, (iii) broad beans – that way you can eat them when they are small and tender (iv) borlotti beans, for the colour they bring to the garden, followed by their providing good scoff (v) tomatoes, because commercial toms are rubbish by comparison. We also grow Jerusalem artichokes which thrive in a shady patch in moist, clay soil, give you jolly sunflowers in the autumn, and need no work at all bar forking up the tubers in winter. They make lovely soup combined with your damaged or tiny tatties.

    Of course if you have small children you will grow them strawbs, won’t you, so that they can crawl under the netting to steal some “without Daddy knowing”.

    A dish of young broad beans with bacon and chervil is wunnerful. The newly arrived pest from the EU means that growing cherries is a mug’s game. Bastardo!

  7. Rather monstering the G here, Tim.

    They are clear that current inflation is the causes you cite, and are speculating about further down the road.

    On tomatoes, we can grow our own very easily under glass. Here’s a project with 6Ha of greenhouses that can meet 10% of national demand for fresh tomatoes.

    The issue may be Grade 2 tomatoes for the ingredients market.

  8. @ dearieme
    Yes, but add sage and parsley also; careful about mint: it can take over the garden if you don’t watch it. Last year my wife grew a variety of small cucumber (sorry, I don’t its name) which had two advantages: it didn’t go soggy/mouldy in the fridge which supermarket cucumbers or even half-cucumbers tend to do before I’ve worked my way through them and it tasted slightly better.
    Thanks for the tip about borlotti beans: I liked the home-grown beans she grew but adding to garden colour would be a bonus.

  9. @John, our first mint crop we grew in an old sink that we plunged into the soil. Worked a treat at confining the mint.

    I forgot: grow wild rocket! Ever since our first crop it has seeded itself like a weed all over the kitchen garden – most welcome. £4 a packet at the supermarket, ha, ha. And another thing: we’ve had great pleasure from “wild” or “Alpine” strawbs. They self-seed in between paving slabs, spread slowly here and there, and need no protection from the birds, apparently. They even survive visiting friends parking their bikes on them. Delicious wee things, brilliant with supermarket vanilla ice cream; the strawbs not the bikes.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    When we bought our first house in Dorset it was advertised with 3 large strawberry patches. Great thought Mrs BiND who loves them, I’m indifferent. It turned out that they were all the same variety and even Mrs BiND and the then toddler BiND couldn’t deal with the glut.

    I made some fantastic strawberry wine though, but very strong.

    Dearieme is spot on with the Alpine variety, and they seem to crop for weeks.

  11. Anyone know how to kill bamboo?

    The stupid sod next door planted some near his fence and it’s invading my garden. Anything strong enough that if sprayed on the shoots this side it could kill the whole thing?

  12. Bloke on M4

    There are letteuces and lettuces. Try growing Drunken Woman. Excellent Italian heirloom lettuce. You don’t harvest the whole plant but just pick sufficient leaves for a meal. It keeps on giving so long as you avoid potash fertiliser.

  13. Bamboo? Ummm… Napalm followed by the nastiest herbicide you can find?

    Other than converting your fence to an Atlantikwall there’s very little you can do to bamboo.

  14. Another +1 for mint and potatos. My mint takes over the garden if I don’t watch it. At the end of last year, instead of clearing the remains and binning them, I decided to harvest it all and dry it and pot it. Wonderful “fresh” mint all through winter. So much that this year I’ve already taken in my first crop of scything down the whole lot and I still have half of last year’s left.

    Also, sage. Hmmm. Haven’t had success in transplating that though, I have to nab it (with permission) from my neighbour’s garden.

  15. Sorry for derailing the thread so that it starts to resemble Gardeners’ World. I will have plenty of space once I have cut back the jungle so the advice on what to grow is quite welcome, thanks to all who contributed.

  16. There are no commercial cucumbers that taste like the ones you grow yourself.

    And yes, “Drunken Woman” lettuce is excellent.

  17. Alpine strawbs are a bit tricky to start from seed but worth it. Once established are as bombproof as bamboo. Don’t need much light so can grow under a flower garden.

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