British Supermarket Cans Prince Charles

What rot! Royal carrots not up to snuff
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2007 4:19 AM CDT
Britain's Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at Ascot Racecourse, England, Wednesday June 20, 2007 for the second day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting. (AP Photo/PA, Tim Ockenden)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Veggies raised on an organic farm owned by Prince Charles have been dumped by a  British supermarket chain because the less-than-majestic food doesn't meet quality standards. The farm had been providing carrots to Sainsbury's supermarkets, but as of the end of January the Crown Prince was "sacked," the Guardian reports.

Though there was no royal reaction, another farmer whose produce was dropped blamed Sainsbury's processing practices. Vegetables are trucked hundreds of miles to a centralized warehouse to be cleaned and sorted before delivery to local markets, he claimed; the result is not only poor quality, but a greater carbon footprint than carrots grown on an industrial scale.