MEP Backs NFU Scotland Local Food Campaign

13 June 2007
Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith has today pledged his support to NFU Scotland's "What's on your plate" campaign.

Mr Smith, who is the only full Scottish member on the EuropeanParliament's influential Agriculture Committee and who recently addressed the AGM of the Scottish Association of Farmers Markets expressed his desire to see sales of local produce within Scotland expand and encouraged people across the region to support the campaign.

Mr Smith said:

"This is an excellent campaign and I congratulate NFU Scotland for taking the initiative."Scotland has excellent local produce which we must take pride in andpromote at every possible opportunity.

"I want to see people and organisations across Scotland enjoying the food that is produced in their area and hope this campaign will succeed in introducing more people to their local produce.

"The new SNP Government has made clear its commitment to Scotland's farmers, through the most recent rural development package, to organicfarming and to local food.

"Farmers make a significant contribution to our economy and assist intaking care of Scotland's countryside. Scottish produce also helps toattract many tourists to more rural areas of Scotland who want to try our excellent local restaurants.

"I would urge people across Scotland to back this campaign and to follow the advice from the NFU Scotland to ask for local produce in the shops, to support local shops, to buy seasonal produce where possible and to visit local farmers markets."

Note to Editors

The NFU Scotland campaign and details of what action you can take alongwith seasonal calendars and details of farmers markets can be found at: www.whatsonyourplate.co.uk