According to a survey, carried out during the coronavirus pandemic, people believe Britain’s ability to produce its own food is increasingly important.
The general public also has a more favourable view of farming. This might be the result of the efforts of growers to feed the nation during the crisis.
Asked whether their view of British farming had changed in the past three months, 28% of respondents said it was more favourable, while 11% said less favourable. And 51% said they felt Britain’s ability to produce its own food had become more important.
The independent survey of 2,036 UK adults was carried out by pollsters Census-wide on behalf of the NFU on 20-21 April 2020.
NFU director general Terry Jones said the findings showed people were “on our side” through what is a difficult time for the industry and the country as a whole. Drawing a comparison with the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak, Mr Jones said the effect of the coronavirus pandemic is very different to previous crises suffered by the farming sector.
“Foot-and-mouth was a farming crisis with a national impact,” he told journalists during an online media briefing on Monday (27 April). “This is a national crisis with a farming impact.”