Buying locally grown and produced food has many benefits:
- It can benefit local producers and farmers and support rural employment
- It offers the consumer choice and an opportunity to talk to the people who actually produce the products they are buying
- Local food is good for the environment by reducing food miles
Food miles refer to the distances our food travels from where it is grown to where we buy it. Reducing food miles reduces the environmental impact of food transportation and its contributing to the greenhouse effect through emissions of carbon dioxide (a major greenhouse gas).
Where can I buy local food?
Locally produced food can be bought from a variety of different outlets. These outlets include farmers' markets, farm shops, and vegetable box schemes. Hinckley Farmers Market takes place on the third Thursday of the month and takes place at Market Place, Hinckley from 9am until 2.30pm.
What about when eating out?
When eating out don't forget to ask where your meal has come from, as this shows the restaurant, café or pub that their customers are interested, they want to know and that there is a demand for local food.
Last updated: 07/11/2017 11:03