Poop Tomatoes: Disturbing Emergence Of Sewage Fruit Discovered Growing In England

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Poop Tomatoes: Disturbing Emergence Of Sewage Fruit Discovered Growing In EnglandWildlife Conservation in Thanet/Alamy

Residents visiting Pegwell Bay in Kent were disturbed to find tomatoes growing from sewage.

In news no one wants, so-called ‘poop tomatoes’ are growing from the seeds in people’s excrement after an increasing amount of raw sewage muddied Kent‘s beaches.


We’re all for local produce, but we wouldn’t recommend using this garden variety in your spaghetti bolognese anytime soon.

Tomatoes (Pixabay)Pixabay

Local resident, Alice Toney, 31, spoke to the Independent about the recent discovery, explaining that on a walk with her children she ‘was amazed to see tomatoes basically growing on the beach’.

Other residents have also shared their confusion at the fruit’s appearance on the coast.


Nik Mitchell, who runs the Facebook group Wildlife Conservation in Thanet, said: 

In recent years I have found lots of the evidence of raw sewage going into our rivers and seas, normally things like floss harps, plasters, applicators and earbuds. But poop tomatoes is a new one to me.

Mitchell went on to explain how the fruit’s appearance signals a bigger environmental problem.


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He continued:

When talking about the sewage spillages I like to point out to people that it’s not just our seas being polluted, it is our rivers too and it’s not just raw sewage it is heavily polluted road runoff too.

The problem Mitchell raises may, in part, be attributed to England’s sewer systems being unable to cope with heavy rainfall. When sewage works are overwhelmed, water firms release the excess water (and untreated sewage) into the country’s waterways.

Recently, the increasing amounts of sewage in England’s rivers and seas caught the attention of ministers.

Houses of Parliament (PA)PA Images

With a majority of MPs voting to approve a government concession to cut the amount of raw sewage dumped into our waterways, MPs voted 283 to 163, meaning water companies will be tasked to ‘take all reasonable steps’ to prevent excessive sewage in waterways.

Hopefully next year’s harvest won’t be such a party pooper.

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Shola Lee

Shola Lee began her journalism career while studying for her undergraduate degree at Queen Mary, University of London and Columbia University in New York. She has written for the Columbia Spectator, QM Global Bloggers, CUB Magazine, UniDays, and Warner Brothers' Wizarding World Digital. Recently, Shola took part in the 2021 BAFTA Crew and BBC New Creatives programme before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories, and features.

Topics: News, Kent, Pollution


The Independent and 3 others
  1. The Independent

    ‘Poop tomatoes’ found growing on shore of Kent coast where sewage pumped into sea

  2. Daily Mail

    Minister's U-bend U-turn

  3. The Rivers Trust

    Raw Sewage in our Rivers

  4. Evening Standard

    Environment bill: MPs vote to cut dumping of raw sewage into waterways