What is Britain’s No 1 manufacturing industry?

28 Feb

According to today’s Guardian – farming.  £18 billion in exports in 2011, supporting 4 million jobs and adding £900 billion to the economy.

So why, here in East Devon, are we building on our fields?  EDDC says it is because we must encourage economic development.  But surely, we should be encouraging the economic development of farming.

Perhaps Councillor Graham Brown, EDDC Councillor for Feniton, representative of the National Farmers Union at the East Devon Business Forum, the man who says Feniton must accept more development to ensure it doesn’t get more (that’s right), could enlighten us.

Why destroy the biggest manufacturing industry in the country with its green fields to replace it with lesser industries in concrete sheds?

It is patently obvious that UK farming is going to have a renaissance because of the horsemeat scandal – are we biting the hands that feed us?

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