Here in the UK it is becoming ever-present how the population is proud of British farming heritage. Especially over the past 5 years this is shown by the vast amount of television shows now showing the farming lifestyle. The population are becoming savvier too when buying British and supporting our farmers. People aren’t just picking up the first pack they come to in a shop they now check it’s origin and how its produced.
No other country in the world shows a higher degree of respect for farmers than the UK, according to a survey of people across 16 countries.
An international YouGov survey of more than 22,000 people in countries across the globe reveals the most and least-respected professions.
While scientists and doctors came out as the most-respected professions, 47% of UK respondents said they would be happy if their child became a farmer.
This compares to a global average of 23 percent, the YouGov survey shows [PDF].
It comes as Covid-19 and Brexit have challenged food supply chains like never before, making the public realise the extent of the UK’s leadership in producing high-quality food.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) welcomed the survey, saying British farmers produced to some of the highest environmental and animal welfare standards in the world.
“People increasingly know that British produce is a badge of quality and sustainability – and we should promote it,” said Mark Bridgeman, CLA president.
“I have no problem with campaigns such as Veganuary, but often you find negative stories circulating online about farming standards that use data that is either wholly incorrect, or that simply does not apply to British farmers.
“We need to constantly fight back and promote a positive image of the British farming industry – farmers provide us with world-class food reared and grown on our doorstep.”
Mr Bridgeman said farmers were also making significant strides in helping tackle climate change, reverse biodiversity decline and support local economies.
“Perhaps, in promoting this positive image, the You gov survey shows we are pushing at an open door,” he added.
Article taken from Farming UK