Shoppers in Wales are being urged to support Welsh farmers by buying meat that can be traced back to local farms, rather than anonymous sources.
Rural Life Advisers at the Church in Wales / Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru say that people need to know where their meat comes from, following the discovery of horse-meat in processed food.
Speaking on 15 February, the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, said: “The recent publicity about the discovery of horse-meat in processed food has raised a lot of questions about our food: quality, affordability, traceability, food miles, and the availability of produce that shoppers can buy with confidence."
He continued: "Welsh farmers enjoy high levels of confidence and support from their local communities and have close links with local butchers and other shops. Seeking out retailers who can offer local knowledge and traceability is an excellent way to support Welsh farmers, butchers, and their communities as well as obtaining a product that is both trustworthy and tasty.”
Other church and humanitarian organisations are urging people to go further and opt for an ethically sourced vegetarian diet
Bishop John Davies is the Church in Wales’ lead bishop on rural affairs. The Anglican Church has six Rural Life Advisers in Wales – one in each diocese.
The advisers work across Wales with farming unions, government and third sector agencies, markets and food co-ops. More than 80 per cent of Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru parishes are in or close to a rural area.
* Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru / Church in Wales - http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/
* Vegetarians is Wales - http://www.vegsoc.org/Page.aspx?pid=681&frcrld=1