Shortening food supply chains

… often relies on a community network to remain sustainable and successful.

“It’s vital we become far more self-sufficient in food.”

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We have a lot of farms in these rural areas – some of which sell directly to the public:

Partridge Hill Farm | Facebook

Sheep and turkey farming in the Sid Valley – Vision Group for Sidmouth

We also have networks which distribute local farm produce:

In My Back Yard | Facebook

In My Back Yard: new East Devon food network expands – Vision Group for Sidmouth

This is very much about keeping supply lines short:

Could shortening supply chains be an opportunity for local economies? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

There’s increased interest in this – with a study just out from Aberystwyth University:

Developing short food supply chains

  • The development of short food supply chains offers farmers opportunities to increase their consumer base and diversify their farm business.
  • One of the most important principles of short food supply chains is the provision of additional information regarding the quality and provenance of a product.
  • Developing a short supply chain requires specialist skills, and often relies on a community network to remain sustainable and successful.

Developing short food supply chains | Farming Connect

It certainly makes sense in the current circumstances to be thinking of this as a matter of ‘food security’:

How the war in Ukraine will affect food prices

And so there is quite a lot of interest gathering:

It’s vital we become far more self-sufficient in food says Welsh Conservative Shadow Rural Affairs Minister – Business Live

SHORT FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS – Relocalising production to empower actors and make territories resilient | URBACT

University of Exeter: New targets could help public sector use more local food, according to new report – India Education | Latest Education News | Global Educational News | Recent Educational News

   
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