Chef Tom Kerridge backs NFU and urges people to show support for British food and farming

Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge has teamed up with the NFU to help ensure that food and farming is part of the national debate surrounding the general election.

Kerridge has stated that British food is so important he wants everyone to get behind an online campaign, www.votebritishfood.com.

Kerridge said: "For me British food has that little bit of heart and soul. The support we should give to the farmers on this small island of ours is very important. Not only is it about knowing where your food comes from, which I think leads to better quality and high standards, it will also ensure jobs."

He added: "I am pleased to say the majority of our food at The Hand and Flowers [in Marlow, Buckinghamshire] is British and I am really lucky to have one-to-one relationships with my suppliers. I know that food grown close to home means top quality and freshness. And I am supporting my local farmers, which is key to a thriving food sector. We mustn’t take our home-grown food supply for granted."

The NFU recently published a report, which revealed that the UK’s self-sufficiency has declined dramatically over the past 30 years to just 60 per cent. If this continues, the report states, only half of the nation’s food will be produced on British farms in the next 25 years.

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said:  "As a nation, we urgently need to take steps to start increasing our self-sufficiency. That requires long-term investment; there is no overnight solution. I think the government has a role to play to ensure our farmers can be confident in their future, a future where they can invest and grow their business. And retailers need to do more to market and sell British food whenever it is in season.


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