Friends of the Earth Media
00.01hrs Monday 18th November 2002
PUBLIC BACKS FARMERS
AGAINST SUPERMARKETS A new opinion poll commissioned by Friends of the
Earth reveals that most of the British public think supermarkets are
giving farmers a raw deal. Almost two thirds think farmers are not paid
enough by supermarkets for the food they produce. And more than four
fifths want the supermarkets to give preference to UK products over imported
products when in season.
NOP Omnibus, between the 8th and 10th November
carried out the poll. The questions were asked on the Telebus survey to 999
respondents from around the GB. This survey is designed to be nationally
representative of the telephone owning population aged 15+.
1. Do you
think that at present supermarkets pay farmers enough for the food they
purchase from them, or not?
Don't know: 22%
2. Do you
think supermarkets should sell UK grown products in preference to imported
products when in season, or not?
Next week (Monday 25th November),
Friends of the Earth will publish a major survey of apples sold in UK
supermarkets, greengrocers and markets
(contact FOE Media Unit for further
information on this survey). The results are expected to show that the
supermarkets have the worst record of the three in stocking UK produced
apples. Last month, FOE and the UK Independent Fruit Growers Association
published a report showing that supermarkets regularly rejected UK grown
fruit for cosmetic reasons.
Friends of the Earth food campaigner Sandra
"Supermarkets are giving UK farmers and growers a raw
deal. They claim this is a response to consumer demand - but it's clear
that the public wants farmers to get a fair price for what they produce. And
people also want preference to be given to UK products in season. Consumers
should put more pressure on supermarkets by looking to farmers' markets
and small retailers to supply them with quality home-grown food whenever