Have you ever eaten your recommended five portions of fruit or vegetables a day?
Not to boast, but I have. Once. In twenty three years. When I was young my parents used to just feed me mashed chocolate. Now I have to mash the chocolate myself.
It appears that I am not the only one to enjoy such a balanced, healthy diet.
Shortages of essential supplies (such as food, toiletries and preposterous amounts of booze) are commonplace across the world at the moment as shops are severely affected by the reaction of panic buying to Covid-19.
This includes stocks of fruit and vegetables.
Although fresh products could in the first instance be thought of as unusual items to stockpile, because of movement restrictions that have been implemented by many governments people will be deciding to cook meals from scratch at home – especially due to the temporary and bitterly upsetting demise of McDonald’s.
One company that specialises in delivering boxes of organic vegetables – Abel & Cole – has seen an increase in demand for its services of over 25%. Under normal circumstances the firm would expect to process 55,000 orders every week, so the effect of the increased demand is dramatic.
The business’ packaging processes have been particularly hard hit as workers struggle to cope with the magnitude of orders being requested. To try to tackle this, Abel & Cole has reduced the variety of products available to buy, deciding to focus on its core range. It has also taken on more staff.
Still, at least rampant lust for radishes will keep the obesity figures down.
Meanwhile, Riverford – another company selling organic veg – has been forced to stop taking on new customers as it too faces heavy pressure to supply more goods. In order to reduce the strain on the distribution side of the business, staff from its marketing and administration sections have been called in to help package products.
Similar stories are being shared from organic food companies everywhere. However, as advice from governments starts to settle in, it can be hoped that people start to shop sensibly and only when they need to.
To prevent further pillaging of vegetable stocks, perhaps the next thing to be banned will be Jamie Oliver.