The Last Food of England
Planting cauliflowers: the land here, left by the sea, is the 'best in England,' says master of operations Brian Martin. The top soil is gritty, rich in minerals, farmed with precision, and able to produce two crops a year. The fields the other side of the road are not so fertile, nor so expensive to buy. A few yards can matter. The country could be self sufficient in vegetables, it almost is, but chooses to import them. The same goes for the labourers, all Eastern European, seated behind the tractor.

East of England July 2006