Why are we panicking over lettuce?

In years to come we will talk about the great lettuce famine of 2017, where lettuce levels were so low that panic buying struck the nation, what did we do without our February salads?! Joking aside, we are currently gripped by a lettuce famine, due to a bad crop in Spain. Supermarkets have begun to ration the amount of lettuces per person and the whole situation has made headline news. 

Now we find out that Spain have been hoarding their lettuces, preventing the U.K. from the full lettuce quota we are entitled to. 

I really hope I’m not the only one who sees the nationwide fear as a bit of an over reaction in the current political climate.  

Do we really need this much lettuce? In February? I feel there must be nutritional alternatives out there in the world. I also feel we can go without a salad for a couple of weeks whilst things right themselves. 

As to Spain “hoarding” lettuces, why not? They grow them after all. The only reason we have to import them in February is because we don’t have the correct growing conditions in the U.K. at this time of year. Maybe we should wait until the summer when we have our own crops to eat and let the Spanish have the food they grow. 

Seems like the polite thing to do anyway, it’s not their fault they had bad growing conditions. 

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