As a keen supporter of local produce and locally sourced foods, Dr Dan enjoyed meeting a number of Suffolk food producers at this year's Suffolk Show. Dr Dan is particularly enthusiastic about the marvellous food and drink offering we have here and always buy his food and drink locally, where he can, to support our local businesses wherever possible.
There is such a diverse range on offer – from locally produced cheeses and meats, to cordials, cider, beer and wine, and sauces, preserves and pickles, all grown, packaged and produced so creatively right in Suffolk. The success of these businesses is vital to our strong rural economy and we all have a part to play in ensuring that we think local and buy local whenever we can. There is so much great work going on here already to educate our children and young people on the importance of not only eating well – a healthy and balanced diet, but also eating locally and seasonally. This is vitally important in reducing the number of miles our food travels before it reaches our plates and of course, fresh produce that's in season always tastes so much better.
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich is a predominantly rural constituency and with so many jobs being dependent on the agricultural sector, Dr Dan is a great supporter of our local farmers and regularly meet with the NFU and the farming community to keep abreast of the important work being carried out across this sector, but also to help in raising awareness or addressing their concerns when necessary.
It's a fantastic achievement that so many of our local food and drink producers are already recipients of prestigious awards and Dr Dan was pleased to meet with a number of them at the Suffolk Show to recognise their success and, of course, to try out their new ranges of products.
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