Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:12
Last year was very dry in some areas, especially on the light land which is best for growing carrots. It takes a lot of experience and expertise to get the irrigation regime right in those conditions. Are the supermarket carrots you buy bagged with the ID of the grower on them?
Just spoke to my brother again (re elderly parents) and he went on to say, re carrots - sometimes they are overwintered in the ground covered with straw and black plastic and if the ground is very dry when they are covered they can get a bit dried out which would make them a little soft - however he said that none of the major supermarkets would accept them if they are soft.
He said that the rules and requirements the producers have to follow are incredibly strict and they are checked and audited so stringently - he believes that the food he produces is just as safe as any organic food - as he said, he feeds it to his family
He pointed out that organic potato growers are allowed to use copper sulphate to help prevent blight whereas non-organic growers are not allowed to use it because of it's toxological effects .