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Stoke Central MP Jo Gideon joins celebration of Britain’s farmers on Back British Farming Day

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.”

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Notes to editor: 1. Back British Farming Day was held on Wednesday 13 September 2023. 2. 2000 adults in England & Wales responded to a OnePoll online survey between 30 May and 6 June 2023. Of 10 occupations, farmers ranked 2nd in favourability with 47% – up from 4th in 2022. Nursing ranked number 1 with 65%. · For any further press interviews please contact the NFU Press Office. · If you would like to find out more about how you can Back British Farming, you can join thousands of supporters of the NFU’s campaign here. · Join the celebration by sharing why you Back British Farming on social media. Use the hashtag #BackBritishFarmingDay and tag @NFUtweets on X (formerly Twitter).

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