Food & farming
The Countryside Alliance and The Countryside Alliance Foundation champion and support British farmers and producers, and believe that food and farming are central to the character and well-being of Britain.
We support and recognise the valuable part farmers play not only in producing food to some of the highest standards in the world, but also their vital role in shaping and maintaining the landscape and communities for which Britain is renowned. Our Food and Farming campaign highlights the importance and value of clear food labelling and assured food procurement to enable consumers to make informed choices and have confidence in the products they are buying. It reaches out to butchers, chefs, journalists in print, radio and TV, and of course members of the public. We also deliver workshop programmes in catering colleges and provide in-store promotional support to supermarkets.
We provide a wealth of useful information on the benefits of eating British wild game, where to buy it and how to cook it, including nutritional facts, step by step guides to preparation, recipes and newsletters. The Countryside Alliance Awards, celebrating rural food and highlighting good quality locally sourced produce, have become an established and reputable part of the rural calendar giving yet more support to the issues that matter to people in rural and urban areas.
Monday, 12 January 2015
The number of dairy farmers in England and Wales has halved in just over a decade with 60 farmers giving up producing milk in December alone – a rate which will see fewer than 5,000 dairy farmers left by 2025, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has reported this week. The Countryside Alliance is in full support of the NFU on this issue. On Monday NFU President Meurig Raymond spoke at the 25th Semex Conference in Glasgow – the first big dairy conference of 2015 – where he drew attention to the current situation with First Milk and set out what he wants to see happen across the board to support dairy farmers at this crucial time.Read more
Thursday, 8 January 2015
The Countryside Alliance is delighted that Environment Secretary Liz Truss believes the future is bright for British food and farming. In a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference yesterday (7 January) Ms Truss announced that Defra analysis shows “the economy of rural Britain, powered by food and farming, could be as productive as towns within 10 years”.Read more
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Congratulations to Camgrain director and Countryside Alliance Board Member David Reynolds who has received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours 'for services to agriculture and the community in the East Midlands.' On receiving the honour, David Reynolds said “I can’t believe it; I am amazed and very flattered. To have been able to contribute to Northamptonshire and the East Midlands has been a great honour for me and I look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come”.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Liz Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Defra in the summer reshuffle and we immediately asked her to write a letter for our magazine, which is published below. In the letter the Secretary of State sets out her stall, writing about priorities for the Department and her determination to ensure a strong voice at Westminster for our rural communities.Read more
Monday, 1 December 2014
Voting has now closed in the Countryside Alliance Awards 10th anniversary Champion of Champions scheme - thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in support of our rural businesses and communities. The Awards have seen all previous winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards, aka the Rural Oscars, re-compete in a special competition to find our Champion of Champions. The Awards exist to promote and support rural businesses, producers and communities and in their first decade they have become the definitive rural business award to win. Over 10,000 votes have been received and will now be counted. Results will be made public in the New Year.Read more
Monday, 6 October 2014
The Pig Pledge campaign is a call to collective action whose purpose is twofold: to raise awareness about the impact of animal factories and to make people aware that they can vote for real farming over factory farming every time they buy a pork product. Take the "Pig Pledge" today, opting either to go meat free or to only eat meat from farms, not factories. This campaign complements our own country of origin meat labelling campaign as well as our Countryside Alliance Awards to support and promote best practice farming in the UK.
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine features a piece from Clarissa Dickson Wright Award winner Peter Gott of Sillfield Farm in Cumbria. Peter muses on why he got the Award, observing that "part of the reason....is that I am part of the awkward squad, like her, and won't give up." Writing about his Cumbrian farm and also his role in setting up Borough Market in London, supported strongly by Clarissa, Peter's article is a must-read for all foodies. Read "Man on a mission" here.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
The Countryside Alliance's Autumn magazine features a look at some of the young entrepreneurs who have proved a hit in our own Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars). Click here to meet the energetic businessmen and women behind such diverse outfits as Eat Wild, Spuds & Berries, nomnom chocolate, Young & Country, Colstoun Cookery School and Broughgammon Farm.