Do supermarkets do their best to support farmers or are they suppressing them?
Supermarkets claim they ‘make life taste better’ but that certainly isn’t the view of some farmers and rural supporters. In ‘Supermarkets: The Farmer's Friend or Foe?’ to be held as part of this year's BA Festival of Science, both sides of the debate will be given the opportunity to discuss their views.
The debate follows years of accusation faced by UK supermarkets, claiming that they have bullied farmers into selling their produce for absurdly cheap prices and have subsequently created a stranglehold on the farming industry. As a result, consumers’ tastes have changed, many preferring farmers’ markets and smaller retailers as they guarantee that farmers get a fairer deal. These factors have all added to the building pressures upon supermarkets to rethink the way they interact with the farming community.
Representatives from supermarkets and related industry’s will join local MP Ben Bradshaw, Anthony Gibson director of the National Farmers Union and local farmer Guy Watson to chew the fat on the issues surrounding the ‘supermarket-farmer relations’ argument. This will be followed by an open discussion from the floor.
The debate is part of the Festival in the City programme, with events taking place throughout the BA Festival of Science in the city of Exeter and beyond. Farmers and those with an interest in rural affairs are especially welcome at this event which is free and open to all.
This event takes place on Friday 10th September from 19.00 - 21:00 at the Peter Chalk Centre Newman A Lecture Theatre, University of Exeter. Information on booking can be found here.