East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight is urging the public to back Britain’s farmers, to help boost the UK economy and drive economic growth in Britain.
“Farming underpins the UK’s largest manufacturing sector, the food and drink industry, which employs 3.5 million people and is the UK’s fourth largest exporting sector”, says Mr Knight.
He is backing a new campaign by the National Farmers Union urging shoppers to look for the ‘red tractor’ symbol which guarantees that a product is British and has been produced to strict standards. Greg said, “Britain’s farmers contribute a huge amount to our economy, our food security and our countryside. Our farmers observe animal welfare and hygiene standards which are in many cases much higher than their competitors abroad. Shoppers should seek out ‘red tractor’ products and buy with confidence, knowing they are getting excellent British produce”.
Mr Knight added, “Currently just 60% of the food consumed in Britain is produced here so we have a huge opportunity for growth. Studies show that for every £1 that farming contributes to the UK economy, food manufacturers and wholesalers contribute a further £5, so by buying British food we are all doing our bit to help our country”.