Our local food industry has been facing crisis after crisis, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the recent fuel crisis which has revealed our dependency on fossil fuels in both shopping supply chains and agriculture. The evidence of the climate and ecological emergencies has become starker and impossible to ignore. All this has been compounded by decisions taken around Brexit, decisions that matter for farming standards and workers.
Despite all this, many businesses have mobilised to transform the way they work during the pandemic, and beyond. During the national lockdowns, more and more people discovered the benefits of buying direct from local businesses.
Now is our chance to hold on to this renewed love of local, and build a more resilient food community, with a stronger economy, more diverse high streets, healthier citizens, less reliance on fossil fuels, and a richer local environment.