Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has given his backing to the region’s meat producers.
With January dubbed “Veganuary” by proponents of veganism, the Conservative MSP highlighted the contribution the meat sector makes to local economies across the Highlands and Islands.
Mr Halcro Johnston, whose family farm in Orkney, and who attended an event in the Scottish Parliament hosted by Quality Meat Scotland on Tuesday evening, said:
“It is always good to be reminded of the remarkable range of top quality meat producers here in Scotland.
“Scotland has an international reputation for the quality of its meat and how it’s reared. Our farmers make a massive contribution to the prosperity of our country.
“The very landscape and culture of the Highlands and Islands is profoundly influenced by the work of our farming community; one which employs thousands of people directly and indirectly.
“Undoubtedly different people will have different approaches to food. But we should keep in mind the importance of the farming sector to the region’s economy, the excellent quality of our local produce and the world-leading animal welfare standards that we enjoy in the UK.
“Of course, Scotland is also home to fantastic producers of vegetables too. And, during Veganuary, I would urge people to support this sector by putting locally sourced vegetables to their best possible use; accompanying high quality Scottish meat on a plate”.