Friday, 5 February 2010

Farmers and the Supermarket - an unequal struggle

Good article today by Charlie Brooks on the failure of the government to protect farmers and to keep the power of the supermarket in check. Peter Atkinson, and others, including myself have fought a consistent campaign to improve the farmers lot in Hexham, but bear this in mind:
Of every pound spent in a supermarket, only 8p makes it back to the farmer.
Nick Herbert is doing a great job with specific policies to curb the power of supermarkets and promote farmers - 3 examples are easily identified:
- The honest food Labelling Campaign
- The Supermarket Ombudsman
- Encouraging councils to source their food locally
All robust common sense stuff - and farmers approve!