Supporting local food systems could result in the creation of 200,000 jobs while also aiding in the restoration of the environment.
Farmers and the general public might benefit from increased options to buy food from local stores, according to advocates. According to a report released by the RSPB and the food and farming alliance Sustain, nature-friendly food systems that benefit communities might provide 200,000 employment while also helping to restore the environment.
“UK farmers, food producers, and the public may all benefit from more chances to buy local food if the Government acts now and invests in much-needed infrastructure and commits to policies that drive change,” said Ben Reynolds, deputy chief executive of Sustain.
Food and farming account for one out of every seven employment in this country, therefore it deserves the assistance it requires to thrive.”
Their research comes ahead of the government’s upcoming National Food Strategy, which is expected to include food production suggestions.
Local food systems allow for a higher percentage of revenue to stay in the community.
According to the charities, a shift to more localized food systems would help “level the country,” with every section of the UK having the capacity to profit.
“By shifting more of our food retail to local, nature-friendly sources, the Government might help restore nature to the countryside and confront climate change,” said Lucy Bjorck, a Senior Policy Advisor at the RSPB.
“A healthy local food economy promotes a variety of farming methods that benefit the environment by preserving a variety of ecosystems and management practices.
“By providing produce with fewer production emissions, local food systems may minimize waste, reduce carbon emissions, and reconnect people with seasonal eating.”