Sentamu backs farmers

20 July 2011

by Nigel Burnham

THE Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu, criticised supermarkets in the UK for underpaying farmers, when he visited the Malton Show in North Yorkshire on Sunday.

Dr Sentamu said that cheap imports and low prices were making it impossible for some farmers to earn a decent living. “Dairy producers, in particular, are bearing the brunt of the poor prices farmers are paid,” he said. “Many farmers are really suffering. The truth is that, as well as keeping the countryside looking beautiful, they grow and produce the best food there is. But they are inadequately rewarded.”

Dr Sentamu, who was guest of honour at the show, said that he believed that the future health of British agriculture depended on consumers’ paying a fair price for their food. “We have got to be prepared to pay more. And the supermarkets have got to pay farmers more — especially when it comes to milk. What they pay at the moment is nowhere near enough.

“We should also import less, because what we have in the UK is better quality.”

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