Since 2002, September has seen the celebration of British Food Fortnight. In wake of the foot and mouth crisis of the same year, businesses and organisations from across the UK came together – headed by food organisation Love British Food – to promote the benefits of buying (and eating!) home-grown products.
The two week-long event (22nd September – 7th October) is supported by some big household names – its main sponsor is Co-Op Food, and ambassadors include Raymond Blanc OBE, Liz Earle MBE and Candice Brown (Great British Bake Off winner 2016), as well as important figures in the farming, agricultural and hospitality worlds.
Love British Food encourages consumers, retailers and food service outlets alike to get involved with British Food Fortnight by even the smallest of changes; actively sourcing British-grown veg for your Sunday lunch, picking up British farmed meat during your weekly shop, or eating dishes which utilise in-season produce (see opposite) when dining out.
For more information or ideas on how to get involved, visit www.lovebritishfood.co.uk/british-food-fortnight
Why Buy British?
- Buying home-grown produce supports the local economy; from the farmer to the greengrocer, the money you spend goes directly back into our area.
- Reducing the carbon footprint. Purchasing British food that has travelled less distance from farm to shop means valuable emissions have been saved.
- Eating British food is good for your health! It’s called ‘in season’ for a reason! Fruits and vegetables grown at certain times of years contain essential nutrients that our bodies need for the season.
- British meat is world-leading in quality. We have some of the highest welfare standards in the world; no growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics or other harmful chemicals are administered to agriculture in the UK.
- Lowest salmonella risk in European chicken. Only 2% of British chickens have salmonella, compared to 30% of other Europeans countries’ poultry.
- Our native livestock genetics are coveted by the rest of the world. Beef and sheep bred and originating in Britain are much sought after by farmers worldwide.