Keep on back­ing Bri­tish farm­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Countryfile -

Con­sumers are be­ing urged to con­tinue to back Bri­tish farm­ing dur­ing 2014. In his fi­nal New Year mes­sage be­fore step­ping down as NFU pres­i­dent next month, Peter Ken­dall has stressed the pos­i­tive role of agri­cul­ture in pro­vid­ing a se­cure sup­ply of food that comes with a host of en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial ben­e­fits. He said: “I ask Bri­tish con­sumers to con­tinue back­ing Bri­tish farm­ing be­cause we can and will con­tinue to de­liver. I ask that shop­pers seek out high-qual­ity Bri­tish prod­ucts when they visit food out­lets in 2014. “In re­turn, by form­ing a long-term pact be­tween con­sumers, re­tail­ers, food ser­vice and farm­ers, we can de­liver the sus­tain­able farm­ing that is go­ing to be vi­tal to feed the UK’s rapidly grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, and pro­tect our safe and trusted food chain against the back­drop of in­creas­ingly un­pre­dictable weather.” Mr Ken­dall said the re­cent storms had been a sharp re­minder of the in­flu­ence of the weather on farm­ing and the en­vi­ron­ment. The out­go­ing NFU pres­i­dent ac­knowl­edged “the del­i­cate bal­ance that ex­ists be­tween mankind and our pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment”. He added: “While it is cer­tainly not right to at­tribute any one weather event to cli­mate change, the in­creas­ing fre­quency of ex­treme weather events around the world is in line with sci­en­tists’ pre­dic­tions. “That is why adap­tion to cli­mate change and build­ing re­silience is es­sen­tial for us all.”

Pic­ture: John Westhrop FM2773708

Ap­ples ripen­ing at an or­chard in Mar­den

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