"More Needs to be Done to Help Local Food Producers"
9:36am 15th August 2013
Calls to help improve British food production has been welcomed in Dorset.
Researchers say food supplies for the year would run out today if the UK could only rely on domestic produce.
President of the National Farmers Union has called on David Cameron to do more to help local food producers and support independent shops who sell local products.
The Fridge Delicatessen in Dorchester stocks their shop with loads of Dorset produce, from beers and bread to hams and cheese.
Owner Wayne Garret told Wessex FM it's important to buy local and Dorchester is very loyal to its local food producers: "It's extremely important to us to provide local food that we buy from local suppliers, that we pass on to customers."
"19 years of being here people expect and are used to the fact we have Dorset produce. Dorset is self-sufficient as a county, other businesses that make local things are supported by us, and in turn we're supported by the locals who want great local goodies from our shop. Why have things that travel up and down the country?"
"People obviously need to shop in supermarkets, but we feel that trend is turning. Shops like ours – The Fridge – and TV programmes that promote good local seasonal English food are changing people’s minds, but more does need to be done to change customer’s habits more.”