Mushrooms imported from afar, while British growers can supply enough

Some 25 percent of mushrooms sold in UK supermarkets have travelled more than 800 miles. This is quite the carbon footprint, certainly when we keep in mind that British producers are more than able to supply the country.

Nearly half of shoppers said they had bought food and wrongly assumed it was sourced in Britain and Ireland, according to a study by industry body the Mushroom Bureau.

A total of 13 percent are sourced at least 800 miles away, mainly in the Netherlands, with 12 percent from Polish farms 1,100 miles away.

Tesco has stated that 90 percent of its mushrooms were sourced in the UK and Ireland, while Morrisons sourced 100 percent. Sainsbury’s and Asda did not give figures.