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How green are your beans?

Supporting Kenyan vegetable growers is more important than obsessing about buying British

By Mark Ashurst   December 2009

Green beans: more valuable to Kenya’s economy than banking or tourism

Driving from Nairobi, a visitor to Kenya’s agricultural heartland is struck by a lush green landscape. Here, at the foot of the eastern slopes of Mount Kenya in an area known as Mwea, rows of irrigated fields sprout neat rows of green beans. These vegetables will occupy only a small space on the shelves of European supermarkets—but, alongside fruit and flower sales, they are vital to Africa’s economic prospects. Yet in early November, a report by lobby group Consumer Focus on Britain’s supermarkets chastised many of them for…

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