A loosely formed co-operative of eight people in Bradford looking to build a more ethical sustainable future through agriculture.
Why ethical local food matters:
- It's good for the environment. Local food doesn't have to travel as far to arrive on your plate.
- It benefits the local economy. When you buy local food, you're supporting your local farmers and businesses. This helps to keep money circulating in your community and creates jobs. A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that every $100 spent at a farmers market generates $133 in economic activity in the local community.
- It encourages sustainable agriculture. Local farmers are more likely to use sustainable farming practices, such as crop rotation and cover cropping, which help to protect the environment. A study by the Rodale Institute found that organic farming can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40% and increase soil carbon by up to 30%.
- It tastes better. Local food is often fresher and has more flavor than food that has been shipped long distances. This is because it hasn't had to sit in storage for as long and hasn't been exposed to as much light and heat.
- You know where your food comes from. When you buy local food, you can be more confident about where it came from and how it was produced. You can talk to the farmer who grew your food and ask questions about their practices. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you're eating healthy, safe food.
If you're looking for ways to eat more local food, there are a few things you can do. First, try to shop at your local farmers market. Farmers markets are a great place to find fresh, local produce and other food products. You can also look for local food at your grocery store. Many grocery stores now have a section for local produce and other products. Finally, you can support local food by eating at restaurants that source their ingredients from local farms, and of course if you are in the Bradford area, come and check out our farm!
Eating local food is a great way to support your community, the environment, and your own health.