This Back British Farming Day, Peter Gibson MP is demonstrating his 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, Peter Gibson 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.
Peter Gibson MP said: “I’m proud to wear the wheatsheaf pin badge on Back British Farming Day to show my support for the farmers and growers in Darlington who do a fantastic job in providing the nation with high-quality and climate-friendly food, all while caring for our much loved countryside.
“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 to the national bank and employing more than 4 million people nationwide.
“The British people clearly value our farmers too, as a new NFU survey reveals that the public rank farming as one of the most favourable occupations, second only to nursing.
“The same survey showed that 88% of respondents thought it is important to maintain or increase the UK’s food self-sufficiency, which currently stands at 60%. This underscores the importance of having food production targets, just as we do for the environment, as we strive to build our nation’s food security.
“Amidst a changing and often challenging landscape, Britain’s farmers have continued to persevere and provide the food for your tables. This is why I fully support the Back British Farming campaign and will continue to seek a future where British food and farming can thrive.”