Buy local produce urges MSP Angus MacDonald
Monday, 11 February 2013 23:42
In the wake of the growing horsemeat scandal, SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald has highlighted the many positive aspects of buying local produce and supporting local food producers.
Angus MacDonald, who serves on the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee said:
“This latest alarm with horsemeat is a stark reminder to us all about the importance of buying local produce.
“Scotland produces so many great products.
“I am aware that local butchers have seen a rise in trade since the outbreak of the horsemeat scandal. When buying local produce we are confident about what we are eating and at the same time contributing to the local economy, a win-win situation.”
Mr MacDonald also welcomed the announcement from Sainbury’s who are supporting lamb producers by offering a minimum deadweight price for lambs supplied by members of Sainsbury’s Lamb Development Group.
Mr MacDonald added: “Considering the popularity of traceable quality Scottish lamb, I welcome this move from Sainsbury and I would encourage other supermarkets to support local producers. Morrisons also have to be congratulated on their policy of stocking only quality Scotch lamb – the best lamb in the world. ”
“Scotland produces great lamb, beef and pork and anything that supermarkets can do to promote that locally and nationally is to be welcomed.”