Read the Press Release written by Joe Peacock on the Birmingham Friends of the Earth website here.


The BFOE warehouse – also in Digbeth


The Wholesale Markets not only provide fresh produce directly to the Bullring Markets, which throng with shoppers every week of the year, but also supply many of our city’s local independent shops and restaurants. From the fruit and veg you bought from the corner shop on your way home, to the balti you ate last weekend, chances are it came from our historic markets.

Between these myriad of businesses scattered across the city and region, the Wholesale Markets directly support thousands of jobs, livings and lives.

But all this is at risk, because Birmingham City Council wants the Wholesale Market traders out, so that the land upon which theirs and thousands of other livelihoods depend on, can be sold off to the highest bidder.

Market traders, shop owners and restaurateurs may be forced to travel hundreds of miles to gather fresh food for their businesses, and to provide for the city’s people.

In an age of supermarkets and their claims of amazing value, our markets still put them to shame when it comes to providing affordable, fresh and healthy food to Birmingham’s population.

When the council is supposed to be reducing the city’s carbon footprint, this is hardly sustainable, and will generate massive costs, for which ordinary Brummies will end up paying the price.