Our top 10 priorities for developing local food production

We’re currently in talks with a number of groups that are thinking of involving Transition Leicester in creating projects to develop and support local food production.

There’s lots of great ideas out there, both coming from ourselves and others, but we think it could be useful to think about what our most important priorities should be when it comes to supporting local food, so that we can try to make sure that any funded projects that are created address what we think is most important.

So, put on your thinking caps one and all… imagine that we’re going to kickstart a wonderful transition from our current food system (reliant on fossil-fuels and imports, monoculture farms employing very few people,  food distribution through big supermarkets and oil-fuelled vehicles at every stage of the process..) to a truly resilient and sustainable  system, where we produce more locally and don’t rely on fossil fuel inputs.

What are the most important things that need to happen locally? Protecting suitable land for growing? Training farmers and householders in sustainable land use? Getting our local councils to have sustainable food procurement plans? Getting as many fruit and nut trees planted as soon as we can? Creating a food culture that values local ingredients and eating with the seasons? As you can see, there are lots of different things we can think about…

Once we’ve put together some ideas, we should have some great tools for devising projects, and perhaps some ideas for a local food manifesto…

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