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British public back our farmers
Tuesday 26 November 2002

BRITAIN'S farmers have received an overwhelming vote of support from the general public, according to figures from an independent opinion poll published yesterday.

ICM Research interviewed 1001 people and came up results that even surprised many farmers. Whether they will affect the views of politicians and civil servants remains to be seen.

The survey revealed:

  • 92% of the British public see farming as an important part of our national life and economy;
  • 87% consider that farmers play an important role in providing an attractive and well-managed countryside;
  • 91% believe it is important to support our farming industry by buying locally produced food when it is available.
  • 88% believe it is worth paying a bit more for quality UK-produced food with high welfare and environmental standards.
The survey was commissioned by the Country Land and Business Association and its Vice President David Fursdon said at the Royal Smithfield Show: "This all adds up to a strong vote of confidence in Britain's farmers and the farming industry. And they need all the encouragement they can get."

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