The Campaign to Protect Rural England says that retailers should do more to support farmers by increasing the amount of local food they stock on their shelves.
Speaking during a fringe event at the Lib Dem party conference in Birmingham, CPRE policy and campaigns director Neil Sindon criticised supermarkets for not doing enough to back local producers.
Mr Sindon told delegates, at the event on boosting local food production, that only 1-3% of big supermarket stock was “local” and farmers were not being encouraged to promote the regional aspect of their produce.
“The evidence seems to show that there are very few of the big multiples looking to promote local food,” he said.
Mr Sindon added that the government needed to take a lead in promoting local food chains and recognise the benefits that locally sourced produce brought.