Published: April 6, 2009
'Support local farmers by buying West Country food', urges MP

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week urged shoppers to buy West Country products in an effort to help local farmers and food makers during the recession.

David Heathcoat-Amory, pictured, has long been an advocate of British produce and is asking the public to support local producers.

The MP told "I am urging people to buy British products and, where possible, West Country produce. We need to unite with our home grown producers and 'Buy British'."

He added: "I find it most disheartening when I hear of people buying strawberries in season that are grown in EU countries, when there are none better than those grown in our own Cheddar Valley."

"I am also backing the 'Honest Labeling Campaign' which calls for clearer labelling to differentiate between meat, such as pork, which comes into this country from abroad and then gets sold in the guise of home produce, and that of pork which is produced by our own pig farmers, and where the animals are generally kept in more humane conditions."

His comments came after local pig farmer Ian Saunders informed Mr Heathcoat-Amory that pork is being imported into the UK and that the public are being duped into buying what they believe is meat from home reared pigs.


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