An Early Day Motion calling on supermarkets and meat processors to pay pig farmers a fair price is quickly gaining cross-party support from MPs.

The motion, tabled last week by South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon, had attracted the support of 49 MPs by the time The Grocer went to press. There was "a growing crisis" in the British pig industry, driven by rising feed costs, leading farmers to lose £21 on every pig they produced, the EDM said. At the same time, "supermarkets and processors continue to report large profits while pig farmers are being forced out of business". The EDM concluded that "if this is allowed to continue, it will have devastating effects on jobs in rural communities".

The most successful food and farming-related EDM of recent time was one backing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Fight campaign against discards, which attracted 228 signatures.

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