Why buy Local Produce?
By buying locally sourced produce, everyone, not just farmers and landowners, can contribute to ensuring that a well-managed countryside benefits wildlife and the environment.
There are lots of good reasons to buy locally produced goods including:
It supports your local economy
- Buying local produce can directly support local businesses, sustain local employment and keep money in the local economy by cutting out the middleman.
- Small scale producers are often struggling to compete with large supermarket chains
- Personal contact with a local producer can give you a real understanding of how something is grown or processed
It reduces food miles
- ‘Food miles’ is the distance food has travelled from where it is produced to where it is purchased, and then onto where it is consumed.
- Food distribution by road freight is the fastest growing transport sector and is a major contributor to air pollution – it takes 68 calories of air fuel to transport one calorie of carrot into Northern Ireland!
- 13% of the UK’s total fuel consumption goes on packaging and transporting food
- Local food production ensures that local land is put to good use.
- Local land is maintained to a high standard, which in turn increases environmental quality and attracts visitors to the countryside.
- Vast quantities of packaging are used to protect produce when it is being transported around the country and even the world
- Local produce generally has a minimal amount of packaging which cuts down on the use of valuable natural resources
- Local food comes with the re-assurance that local food is ‘good-home produced’ food that has not adversely harmed the environment
- Local food gives an assurance of where the food comes from and how it is produced
- Local food is fresh, nutritious food