Brian Stanley TD is calling on everyone to shop local
Sinn Féin Agriculture and Food Spokesperson Brian Stanley has called on consumers to make an extra effort to prioritise the purchase of Irish food products over the next few weeks in order for us to support workers and protect Irish businesses.
Deputy Stanley has called for the launch of a ‘Buy Irish Food’ campaign in which consumers, retailers and producers all have an important role to play.
Deputy Stanley said: "It is important that every effort is made over the next few weeks to support Irish businesses and workers by prioritising the purchase of Irish food products. Sinn Féin is therefore calling for a 'Buy Irish Food' campaign in an effort to provide vital support to our food producers and our workers in the sector.”
He said that during this health pandemic we need to retain as much wealth within our own domestic economy if we are to protect businesses and jobs against any potential decline in export trade down the line.
"We are therefore asking consumers to double their efforts to prioritise the purchase of Irish food products during their weekly shop. Behind every Irish product is a worker and a farmer whose family who needs our support,” he said.
Deputy Stanley said that he was asking people to please read the label when they go out to shop and to prioritise Irish produce if they can. One easy way to identify a product is of Irish origin is if it has the Bord Bia Quality Mark on the label.
"We are also asking producers and factories from this point on to design their labels to make it that much easier for consumers to identify Irish products in the shop. Retailers should also play their part by using a green label on the shelf below the product or to have an ‘Irish Origin' section in their shops.
"We all have a role to play in protecting our local economy and a ‘Buy Irish Food’ campaign would allow all of us to make a positive contribution to protect Irish jobs and Irish businesses," he concluded.