The Impact of Local Food on the Local Economy
Local food is food which is grown within a relatively short distance from where it’s consumed, usually along with a complex social network and distribution system different from that of the larger-scale grocery store system. It can consist of anything from fresh produce to livestock, to small-scale fisheries and even estate farming. The distribution system can include road diets, such as that in the UK. It can also be made to order; so if you fancy something from an estate in the Highlands, for example, you can arrange it to be delivered to your doorstep. But it’s the local food that makes the real difference.
Some local food is directly affected by the weather. For example, fish that are caught by the coast and shipped to other local areas that may otherwise be too cold requires a delicate balancing act between maintaining quality, while also being able to withstand harsh environmental conditions. Many fish species are deeply scarred or killed during shipment, and when they arrive at their destination, they must be frozen immediately or risk spoiling before they have time to be cooked. This delicate balance is only possible, however, if the fish have been raised within 100 miles of the coastline.
In this context, the rise of small, local businesses is a good thing for the local economy. These businesses help local economies by creating jobs, income and, crucially, local food. By supporting local food, we are also supporting local economies, helping to create a better future for many people, who rely on local food for their health, wealth and community support.