[메디컬리포트=Liza Tan 기자] British supermarkets have begun rationing vegetables after floods have caused shortages.U.K.supermarket chain Morrisons now limits customers to two heads of iceberg lettuce per visit.And each head costs more than $1.25.
Spanish vegetables have not been on the shelves in British supermarkets for the most part because they've been found, instead, jutting from frozen soil and covered in snow.Shops are rationing them due to the snow and the storms in the Mediterreanean, which caused shortages expected to persist until April.
Pictures of the crops in Spain show just how broad the problem is.Entire fields can be seen where broccoli and lettuce were already close to mature before now being covered in snow - with more flurries still falling.
Ordinarily, Spanish agricultural production accounts for half of Europe's vegetables throughout the winter.Spanish farms ship 100,000 tons of produce per month of cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes alone.They also ship 50,000 to 100,000 tons of broccoli, cauliflower, and other vegetables.
December's torrential rains ruined half the lettuce crop in Murcia, Spain.This marks the first snow there since the 1980s.Anthony Gardiner of fresh food supplier G's says: "The whole of southern Europe has been hit hard and supply is absolutely challenging across a number of salad, fruit, and vegetable lines."
This speaks to the extreme peculiarity of the weather that Spain has experienced in recent months.Bizarre weather in Spain is driving up the cost of all manner of produce throughout Europe.
[메디컬리포트=Liza Tan 기자]