A new international survey conducted by YouGov has revealed that Britons value farmers more than any other country.
The poll surveyed more than 22,000 people in 16 countries to determine the most and least-respected professions.
While scientists and doctors came out as the most-respected professions worldwide, 47% of UK respondents said they would be happy if their child became a farmer, compared to a global average of 23%.
No other country in the survey showed a higher degree of respect for farmers than the UK.
Mark Bridgeman, president of the Country Land and Business Association which represents 30,000 rural businesses across England and Wales, said Covid-19 and Brexit have shown Britons the extent of the UK’s leadership in producing first-class food.
“British farmers have some of the highest environmental and animal welfare standards in the world. People increasingly know that British produce is a badge of quality and sustainability – and we should promote it,” commented Mr Bridgeman.
He also voiced his concerns over ‘incorrect’ information about the British farming industry being spread online: “I have no problem with annual campaigns such as Veganuary, but often you find negative stories circulating online about farming standards that use data that is either wholly incorrect, or that simply does not apply to British farmers.
“We need to constantly fight back and promote a positive image of the British farming industry – farmers provide us with world-class food reared and grown on our doorstep, but also they are making strides in helping mitigate climate change, reverse biodiversity decline and support local economies through business diversification. Perhaps, in promoting this positive image, the Yougov survey shows we are pushing at an open door.”