Former Grand Tour host Jeremy Clarkson now turned farmer is asking the public to buy British produce to try and save farming.
Clarkson who’s 1,000 acre farm is called Diddly Squat near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds is being massively burdened by government red tape, and he is not the only farmer in the UK affected.
Clarkson who appeared on Amazon Prime’s Clarkson’s Farm showed how much time, work, effort and money goes into farming, and last year he only turned over just £144 profit.
He has 19 cows which each can eat up to 10 tonne of food a year comes with a lot cow muck.
Clarkson was told by government officials to use the muck for spreading to fertilise the land, but was then told not to by another official as it could pollute the water supply.
A very frustrated Clarkson said, ““What do I do then?
“Put corks in the cows’ a**ses?”
The government’s “ridiculous levels of legislation” has led Clarkson to team up with the National Farmer’s Union (NFU) by supporting Back British Farming Day.
Clarkson said, “When you pick up a bit of meat in a supermarket and it has got a little red tractor on it, it was produced in Britain.
“Buy it because some poor sod in the Peak District has been out rearing in the cold at 3am.”#
He acknowledges that by buying British food with the red tractor on it can be a little more expnsive.
Clarkson said, “All right, it is 5p more to buy this meat with a red tractor, but I am getting better food and helping British farming.”
Environment Secretary George Eustice said, “Our farmers are the lifeblood of our nation. We want people at home and abroad to be lining up to buy British.
“The support that we have announced today, to mark Back British Farming Day, will enable our farmers and producers to take advantage of new opportunities and fly the flag for UK produce around the world.”
NFU President Minette Batters said, “This is a positive step in the right direction, and I welcome this new commitment to put people on the ground with the technical expertise to open up new markets.
“I look forward to seeing more detail on this proposal and working with government to boost our agri-food exports abroad.”