At the core of our beliefs at Farmdrop is the conviction that buying more from local producers has strong benefits for you and the environment. We think the way mass-produced food is made and distributed is all wrong. So here is some food for thought (easy one, had to be done, sorry) about why we think we should all buy more local food:
Eating with the seasons should be a very simple task but it has become increasingly hard when faced with aisle upon aisle of products that have been flown in from across the world. Buying local foods is a good way to get a better understanding of what can be grown in the UK and at what time. It’s also no coincidence that eating fresh foods whilst they’re in season is the best way to enjoy produce at their tastiest as they’ve required the least amount of artificial aids in any form to grow. And eating seasonally is also an effortless route to introducing some variety into your diet - which is super healthy. After all, variety is the spice of life!
While having a globalised food distribution system can have some advantages, it does tend to encourage the concentration of farms in massive factory-like enterprises. Size becomes vital to reach the efficiency and standardisation that’s required to survive in the system that supermarkets depend on. Shopping for local foods supports and gives a chance to local food producers who don’t have the size and means to take part in the globalised industrialised food system. In turn, that’s why these producers can rely more natural methods which are less stressful for animals and encourage crop diversity.
We all know moving food around for miles can represent a heavy burden for the environment. While it’s true that not every fruit and vegetable can be grown in the UK, there is still a lot of excellent products perfectly suited for the UK weather. To import foods easily grown locally from the other side of the world really makes no sense and requires a lot of unnecessary energy usage. The foods that are abundant in our fields and flourish when in season is the kind of local food we all should be happily devouring, rather than the often tasteless mass-produced food that has sat in a distribution centre for hours because of a complicated supply chain.
We really think that small traditional farms are great assets for a country. First they are very beautiful places that preserve the landscape and the quality of the soils. The pesticide ridden intensive factory-like farms create a monoculture which destroys the diversity of soils and can pollute water resources. On the other hand, traditional farms that we work with rotate crops and champion native animal breeds that are truly reared outside and enjoy an absolutely free-range life. This helps preserves the soil and biodiversity of our beautiful British countryside. That’s why for us, it makes absolutely no sense when some supermarkets label fresh produce with a fake farm name.
Food really is a beautiful thing. It’s reflects our environment and culture right back at us. It gives us energy and the opportunity to meet and share with the people we love. That’s why we think it’s worth being interested in what you eat. Do you ever wonder where your food comes from? How it was grown? Trust us, the process of getting to know more about what you eat is not only fun, it will help you eat more healthily and more consciously (even if you don’t realise it). Getting more local food into your weekly shop is simple way to acknowledge and value transparency and provenance. Easy eh?
Convinced? With Farmdrop we deliver fresh, local food straight to your door. Get £20 off your first order here with code LOCAL