NFU East Anglia HQ welcome ‘Taste for Yourself’ Tour
After the deluge in Derbyshire in the morning, the LACA NSMW battlebus squelched out of Buxton and headed for the sunnier climes of Suffolk to the headquarters of the East Anglia branch of the National Farmers Union.
The visit to the National Farmers Union Office in Newmarket in the LACA East of England Region on November 12th at 2.30pm was a vital opportunity to support British agriculture. As an organisation, LACA welcomed the announcement of the new National Food Strategy and consulted with our members before responding to the call for evidence. It is the first major review of the UK food system in 75 years and it will play a pivotal role in supporting British farming’s ability to improve productivity, sustainability and support the nation’s health.
NFU East Anglia Regional Director Rachel Carrington said: “The sample meals served up in Newmarket are just a taster of what can be done with quality British produce.
“School caterers spend around £750 million on ingredients every year. We believe there is huge potential to put more healthy, tasty and nutritious British food on the menu, with farmers in East Anglia playing a leading role.
“There’s strong support from parents as well. In a YouGov survey for the NFU in 2014, 76% of parents agreed that food should be sourced from Britain wherever possible and 87% thought that at least half of the ingredients should be procured from British farms.”
Local pig farmer and NFU Council delegate George Gittus was interviewed live on BBC Radio Suffolk earlier in the morning about the NSMW visit and how he supplies local schools with his produce. Later at the NSMW event George had this to say “It is great to be here today and congratulations to LACA for organising such an excellent event where we can celebrate local schools using local produce sourced from local farmers. Education catering is so important in supporting local economies and British agriculture ensures that the children are having healthy and nutritious food on their dinner plates.”
As an extra treat for the children (and some not so young!!) a huge red fire engine roared onto the farm and the crew jumped out to sample the food. SCOTY Steve had to be forced back into his kitchen as he bartered with a tray of delicious sausages to try and get behind the wheel and take the fire engine for a spin round the farm.