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Countryfile viewers blast show for ‘sparking another panic-buying crisis’ with bleak warning about supermarkets


COUNTRYFILE viewers blasted the show for ‘sparking another panic-buying crisis’ with a bleak warning about supermarkets.

Sunday’s edition of the BBC show saw Tom Heap discuss how climate change was impacting the growth of potatoes.

Countryfile viewers accused the show of sparking ‘another panic buying crisis’
Tom Heap discussed how climate change was impacting potato production

He started the segment by saying: “Weird things are happening to the infamous British weather.

“If you were complaining about that heatwave in July you were right, it was hotter than usual and triggered the first amber warning for extreme heat from the Met Office.

“And get this for a statistic, for the first time since 1884, the 10 hottest years have all been this century and we’re only 21 years in.”

He continued: “We’re not the only ones sweating. The humble spud can’t take the heat either.

“Ironically, the worst thing for a potato is being a hot potato. Potatoes are a core part of our diet. Brits love spuds.

“We consume about 85 kilos a year, each That’s more than the Americans.

“If climate change is affecting this staple it really shows how it is beginning to bite.”

He then spoke to a potato expert who explained potatoes are the fourth largest crop in the world and were facing many trouble due to climate change.

Tom then told viewers yields of potatoes were down 10 per cent across the globe, while some farmers reported their crops didn’t meet the industry requirements and meant they were left to rot in their fields.

The important topic left some viewers furious, as they insisted more should be done to help farmers or rules should be changed to allow more potatoes to make it to the supermarket shelves.

One wrote on Twitter: “Tom and Dr Spud just started the next panic buying crisis #countryfile.”

Another added: “Best start panic buying chips #countryfile.”

A third tweeted: “Utter b***ocks let’s get the public panic buying frozen chips the @bbc never mention the great beer shortage #Countryfile.”

Viewers felt the segment would cause panic buying in supermarkets

Countryfile airs on Sundays on BBC One.

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