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. 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.
It brings back focus on seasonal food
Eating with the seasons should be a very simple task but it has become increasingly hard. Indeed, when facing a stall packed with products from both the North and South hemisphere it is easy to forget what foods are grown when. 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. Eating seasonally is also an effortless route to introducing some variety into your diet -which is simply one of the best things you can do for your health.
It gives a chance to smaller producers
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 such an industrialised system. But food can’t really be treated in the same way as any classic industrial production line for a few reasons: because the creation of food relies heavily on external factors (weather, regional specificities, the environment as a whole), but also because it implies the breeding of animals. And their wellbeing is almost impossibly compatible with industrialisation of the production process. Shopping for local foods supports and gives a chance to local producers that 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, that are less stressful for animals and crops.
It is better for the environment
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 and growing products that aren’t suited to the weather using heated greenhouses can actually have a higher carbon print than getting these specific products from abroad, 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 really want to promote.
It keeps farms in the UK
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, the traditional farms that we work with rotate crops and champion native animal breeds that are truly bred outside. This helps preserves the soil and biodiversity of our beautiful British countryside.
Soil Solutions to Climate Problems - Narrated by Michael Pollan
It makes it easier to know all about your food
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. And it really makes us happy. That’s why we think it’s worth being interested in what you eat and it doesn’t need to be difficult when locally-grown food tastes so good. 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?