Blog: Buying local

Catherine Sleep | 4 November 2004

The local foods movement, a grassroots effort to encourage consumers to think about where and how their food is produced, and how it reaches their shopping basket, is undoubtedly growing in stature. Food miles are inevitable to an extent, but there is a will to reduce them, which is one of the factors driving the growth in farmers’ markets.

We commissioned an industry consultant in the US to investigate the local food issue and its likely impact on all sectors of the food industry and the resulting report is this month’s management briefing, free to all members. To find out more, just click the link below.

I don’t know about you, but I LIKE to think of myself as a shopper who supports local producers and tries to keep food miles down. I've always seen the food miles issue as a major stumbling block for organics while such a high proportion of organic food consumed in the UK is imported. For instance, I'd rather buy a local free-range chicken that has travelled just a few miles than one from the other side of the world, even if it is organic.

But when I take a look at my fridge and food cupboards, well, they could hardly be more international. Note to self: try harder.

The impact of the ‘buy local’ movement on the global food industry


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