Philip Dunne MP has shown support for British food and farming today on Back British Farming Day, recognising the vital role farmers in South Shropshire play in feeding the nation.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) provided the emblem of the day, a British wool and wheatsheaf pin badge. This symbolises the fantastic products British food and farming provides and recognises the food industry which provides jobs for almost 4 million people and is worth more than £120 billion to the national economy.
Commenting, Philip Dunne said “as a farmer myself and a member of the NFU, I work closely with farmers and growers here in South Shropshire and am pleased to show my recognition for their work by supporting Back British Farming Day. As well as producing high-quality, increasingly sustainable food for the nation, our farmers also maintain and care for our iconic British countryside that we all enjoy.
“Farmers in South Shropshire make a huge contribution to the local economy, providing jobs and, in many cases, developing innovative sustainable farming practices essential to the sector’s long-term sustainability. Farmers nationwide produce renewable energy on their buildings and land, helping to power more than 10 million homes across the country as we work towards net zero.
“Events over the past few years have shown us just how important it is to have a resilient farming sector, producing quality food for both home and abroad while shaping the land around us. That’s why it is so important to recognise the importance of British agriculture and all it delivers to the nation.”