Shoppers are to be encouraged to buy British with a new labelling system to tell them exactly where food is produced, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has announced.
The MP for Meriden delivered her keynote speech to the Conservative conference in Birmingham, saying she never guessed when she became an MP in 1997 that she would spend 13 years in opposition.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell (Con Sutton Coldfield), the other West Midlands Cabinet Minister in David Cameron’s government, is due to make his speech to the conference on Tuesday.
Mrs Spelman said: “We’re working on new measures to help government departments buy food to British standards.
“And we’re working with industry on honest labelling so buyers can feel confident about where their food is coming from.
“And people do care where food comes from because they want to know that it’s grown without damage to the environment.”
She said the Government would back “green” technology - because it created jobs as well as saving the planet.
“The opportunities created by green technology will make it easier and more rewarding than ever before.
“Imagine being able to turn down your central heating from anywhere in the world simply by logging onto a website. Or using your iPhone to check the carbon footprint of your weekly shop.
“I’m a bit wary of gadgets personally, but I like them when they save me time and money. And even better if they help save the planet.
“Green technology is a great economic opportunity for the UK.”