Jamie Oliver urges people to grow own food and shop locally during UK’s coronavirus lockdown

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Jamie Oliver video called Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning in order to fill their regular cooking segment on the show.

And while pottering around his kitchen with his son, Buddy, the famous chef urged people to grow their own food and to shop locally during the coronavirus crisis.

On Monday, Boris Johnson put the UK into lockdown, where he told the nation to only go to the shops for essentials.

So it looks as though we’ll be turning to our leftovers and cobbling together whatever we have in the fridge for the foreseeable future.

‘We know Covid-19 came from the meat markets in China and when you look at it, handfuls of decades of viruses have also come through the food chain,’ Jamie stated.

‘Some of the most delicious dishes come from leftovers, people are now started to get the waste not want not mentality.’

Jamie Oliver believes coronavirus will change people’s relationship with food (Picture: ITV)

The 44-year-old continued: ‘The idea that there’s always an abundance of food will change after we have been heavily relying on supermarkets.’

The father-of-five turned his attention to kids and how they can grow their own food.

‘Kids always eat things when they grow it, and I’ve always grown things wherever I’ve lived – even in flats, I’ve had pots by the window,’ he beamed.

‘I think we’ll reconnect with food in an important way,’ Jamie said: ‘It’s worth everyone around the country just keeping an eye on small retailers they need your support.

‘They tend to have more food than the big supermarkets that get hit.’

He video called into This Morning with his son Buddy (Picture: ITV)

Last week, the CEO of the British Retail Consortium stressed that there is more than enough food to go around after the supermarket shelves were stripped bare by stockpilers.

Helen Dickinson told the nation in a recent press conference that growers, packers, producers, distributors, drivers and shop workers are all ‘doing everything they can to make sure we have the food that we all need’.

She continued: ‘We’re seeing a peak in demand that is basically like Christmas, without the four months build-up in planning that you would normally have in advance. And we’ve been able to do that in two weeks.

‘We really want to underline that message about encouraging everybody to really be considerate in what they buy and make sure they only buy what they need.

‘There is a billion pounds [worth] of more food in people’s houses than there was three weeks ago, so we should make sure we eat some of it.’

This Morning continues weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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