A supermarket chain has spoken out after today's Extinction Rebellion protests in Hereford.

Protesters have been marching though Hereford to highlight the effect on the river Wye caused by the food supply chain from Avara to the supermarkets.

Tesco said that it continues to work with suppliers to protect and maintain water quality in the region.


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A spokesperson for the supermarket said: "Protecting and maintaining water quality and biodiversity in our supply chains is an important priority within our supplier partnerships, and we’re committed to playing our part in ensuring the protection of the river Wye, alongside other actors across the food industry.

"Together with our partners WWF, we have directly funded the work of the Wye & Usk Foundation to tackle water pollution in the area.

"They work directly with our suppliers on implementing nature-based solutions, including tree planting, as well as supporting farmers to test soils and implement on-farm best practice that all help reduce pollution in the river Wye.

"We continue to engage with suppliers and stakeholders across all agricultural sectors in the region as part of the Wye Agri-Food Partnership and have encouraged all of our suppliers to sign up to the Water Roadmap as part of the Courtauld Commitment 2030, which looks to reduce water pollution in key sourcing regions, including the Wye & Usk catchment.”