British farmers are proud to produce great British food. They work hard to deliver high quality, tasty, fresh and affordable food to world-leading standards.

Choice for Life supports British agriculture and British farming

British farmers are proud to produce great British food. They work hard to deliver high quality, tasty, fresh and affordable food to world-leading standards.

They’re also ready and willing to meet the challenge of feeding our growing population. As consumers, we all have a part to play in securing a positive future for UK farming.

Britain needs to ensure a sustainable supply of food for the UK market and export. Supporting and developing British farming, and encouraging sustainable food production (including fisheries) will ensure a secure, environmentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfare.

 Where would we be without farming in Britain? Farming is the bedrock of the food industry

  • The UK food and farming sector is worth a whopping £108billion
  • The Agri-food sector employs some 3.9million people
  • UK exports of food and non-alcoholic drinks are worth a massive £12.3billion

Farmers and growers across the country work all year round to provide us with delicious, high-quality food, something that us Brits can truly be proud of.  Do you know what simple steps you can take to back British farming all the time?

What we grow

Agriculture is fundamental to the landscape of the UK.

  • 71% of land in the UK is used for farming (17.2 million ha)
  • 19% of land is used for arable crops
  • 400,000 people are employed in farming
  • £10.7 billion contribution from agriculture and fishing.

A diverse and global supply of food is essential for the resilience of our food supply: achieving 100% self-sufficiency in indigenous products would not insulate us from shocks to the system – for example, weather and disease can affect the harvest and yields. The UK is 76% self-sufficient (‘production to supply ratio’) in home grown food, and we rely on imports for the things which cannot be grown in the UK due to our climate. The value of UK agricultural production (at market prices) was £25.8 billion in 2014 In volume terms, for example, this amounted to 970 million dozen eggs laid by 37.1 million birds and 14.6 billion litres of milk from 1.8 million cows!

British food and farming at a glance

The Food and Farming sector in the UK includes agriculture, food and drink manufacturing, wholesaling, retail and catering. Food and drink manufacturing adds £26.9bn to the economy (Gross Value Added (GVA)), larger than car and aerospace manufacturing combined.

British people want to back British farming

In early 2013 the discovery of horsemeat in food products had a huge impact on shopper habits. In the wake of the scandal 86% of shoppers said they are as likely or more likely to want to buy more traceable food produced on British farms.

A further 78% agreed or strongly agreed that supermarkets should sell more food from British farms. When these surveys were repeated in 2014 the results were almost identical.

In 2016 British farmers know that consumers are faced every day with a wide choice of what food to eat. They know that the food they produce has to be high quality, tasty, fresh and affordable if we are going to buy it in preference to the imported alternatives.

By buying British food, we can all contribute to the nation’s economy and helping to drive its recovery.

But for many of us what matters is the sheer quality and taste of the unrivalled range of foods that come from across the British Isles. From Welsh lamb to West Country beef; Yorkshire rhubarb to Cumberland sausage; Lincolnshire cabbages to Kentish strawberries; Cornish new potatoes to Herefordshire apples; Stilton cheese to Dorset Blue Vinney, the choice is endless.

World-leading standards

British farmers invest huge amounts of time, effort and resource into complying with standards that set them apart from other global producers and give us all confidence that the food that we eat has been produced to a specific set of production criteria.

The Red Tractor logo, carrying the Union Flag, not only shows that food has been produced in the UK but also that it meets good standards of animal welfare as well as respect for the environment.

Choice For Life supports Open Farm Sunday

On the 5th of June, Open Farm Sunday will see hundreds of farmers across Britain welcome thousands of visitors to their farms to find out how our food is produced.

  • Managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) since it began in 2006, Open Farm Sunday has grown to become the farming industry’s annual open day. The initiative unites a range of farmers and growers, from tomato growers on the Isle of Wight and beef farmers in Herefordshire, to dairy farmers in Dorset and strawberry growers in Perthshire.
  • Each event is unique, ranging from a simple farm walk to a full open day with tractor and trailer rides, demonstrations, farmers markets and more. Some farmers will also be highlighting the science and technology behind farming, showcasing technology and innovation within the industry. 

Alongside Open Farm Sunday, a number of farmers will also be inviting school children to their farms for Open Farm School Days throughout June. Find a farm to visit at www.farmsunday.org.

Useful farming and food production terms

Organic - The most environmentally friendly food source, buying organic means you are purchasing food produced free of most artificial pesticides, bioengineering, antibiotics and growth hormones. Furthermore, organic livestock have been kept to strict, high welfare standards with almost all of their lives spent in the outdoors.

Free-range - The definition can vary depending on location, but generally, buying free-range means that the animal has lived a happier life with good access to space, drinking troughs and shelter. Although livestock may be brought indoors either at birth or to be fed, free-range means there has been some level of access to pasture for a proportion of life.

Grass-Fed - Applicable to Beef products, the term denotes that the vast majority of the diet consisted of grass. With a lower-stress lifestyle and access to an open-air environment, the meat is often leaner and richer in nutrients.

Outdoor bred - Found on pork products, ‘outdoor bred’ means that pigs are born outside and then are then brought indoors for fattening after a few weeks. They are usually kept in a system with plenty of bedding material such as straw and are free-range.

Outdoor reared - Similar to the above, an ‘outdoor reared’ pig is one that has lived outside for three months before being brought into open-walled sheds before their last three months.

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