More than 370 people, including MP Stewart Jackson, showed their support for the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign in Peterborough on Thursday (3 October).
They lined up to sign the campaign charter, and enjoy the best of local food – beef and lamb supplied by Judith Jacobs from Moor Farm, Newborough.
The aim of the campaign is to reverse the decline in Britain’s self-sufficiency for food by building support among politicians, retailers, caterers and the public.
Mr Jackson said:
“I was delighted to sign the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign charter in Peterborough.
“Farming has a crucial role to play in our national economy and we all benefit by supporting British and local produce.
“As Peterborough’s MP – including Eye, Thorney, Newborough, Peakirk and Milking Nook – I see how important farming is to our rural communities.
“It is right that the government and retailers bring in measures to support our local farmers in Cambridgeshire.”
The NFU’s charter campaign vehicle spent the day outside the Town Hall, with local farmers on hand to encourage the public to sign the Back British Farming Charter. They included NFU Ramsey & Whittlesey branch chairman Andrew Jacobs and Thorney farmer Michael Sly, who chairs the NFU’s regional advisory board.
Mr Sly said:
“We collected 125 signatures in the first hour alone, which was a tremendous response. It’s encouraging to see so much support for British food and farming.”
Among those who backed the charter was James Bacon who wrote:
“Farming supports British jobs and the economy and you know what’s in British food, real meat.”
Alun Williams said: “We need to have a secure, welfare-friendly farming system. Local food is best.”
More information about the Back British Farming campaign, and how to get involved, is available on the NFU’s website, www.nfuonline.com