UK farmers count cost as heatwave kills fruit and vegetable crops

The UK heatwave has caused fruit and vegetables to die on the vine as growers fear the drought and further hot temperatures could ruin this year's harvests.

Fruit and vegetable suppliers have been counting their losses after record temperatures in July caused crops to fail.

There are fears that future hot summers could affect Britain's food security as growers experience the impacts of the climate crisis.

"It's not just fruit – we lost entire plantings of peas, entire sowings of broad beans, things like baby spinach was lost, salad heads were lost," said Vernon Mascarenhas, who runs the fruit and vegetable wholesaler Nature's Choice at New Covent Garden Market in London.

He faced a shortage of berries because the heat had simply cooked them.

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