This Back British Farming Day, Jo Gideon MP is demonstrating her support for British farmers and growers and celebrating the high-quality, environmentally friendly and nutritious food they produce for the country.
The day is also a celebration and appreciation of a job ranked by the British public as one of the most important and well-respected professions, second only to nursing.
To mark the occasion, Jo Gideon MP wore the emblem of Back British Farming Day during Prime Minister’s Questions; a wheatsheaf pin badge made of wool and wheat sourced from UK farms.
Jo Gideon MP, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central said: "I’m proud to wear the wheatsheaf pin badge on Back British Farming Day to show my support for the farmers and growers across Britain who do a fantastic job in providing the nation with fresh, high-quality produce.
As a food-loving nation, the work our farmers do is not only a vital part of the country’s social fabric, but also a valuable contributor to our local and national economies, with food and farming worth more than £127 billion and employing more than 4 million people nationwide."
NFU President Minette Batters said: “Britain’s farmers and growers are truly inspirational, and it is heart-warming to know the public really value the work we do in producing fantastic homegrown food. This food underpins the British food and farming sector and is worth more than £100 billion to the national economy, all while protecting and enhancing our iconic landscapes.
“As these survey results show, the public really appreciate what Britain’s farmers and growers do day-in, day-out. 90% of the public feel farming is important to the UK economy while 81% agreed that British farms should grow as much food as they can to provide national food security.
“We really have some of the most forward-thinking, productive and innovative farmers and growers working across our sector. Despite the challenges being faced by everyone this year, we are still doing what we do best – producing great tasting British food. On this Back British Farming Day, we appreciate this public support more than ever and want to say a massive thank you to everyone.”