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Local Action for Local Foods

A campaigners guide to promoting local foods including influencing key players such as local retailers, supermarkets and restaurants; the processes involved; sources of information and how to tailor a local action plan. This guide is best used in conjunction with Sustainable Local Foods.

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Local food: your pocket guide

Helping you to find local food and the best reasons to buy it

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Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit

Mapping your local "food web" - the connections between producers, retailers and consumers - highlights its importance for your local economy, landscape and community. Our toolkit provides all the materials and guidance you will need for a successful project.

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Mapping local food webs: concepts and methods

This report reviews key concepts and methods identified by researchers from Coventry, Warwick and Plymouth Universities to support the creation of the action pack of tools used by CPRE and volunteers to map local food webs in 19 locations around England. The report assesses relevant academic and other literature to propose participatory methods and a Five Capital Assets framework that were used to identify key social, economic and environmental benefits of local food in defined locations. It also includes details of the design of an indicator of environmental benefits developed for the mapping research.

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Supermarkets challenged to do more to support British farmers

Supermarket responses

At the start of 2013 we launched an action for our supporters that asked supermarkets what they were doing to support local food and farming on three issues:

  • promote and expand the range of products for sale that are grown in ways that enhance the character of our landscapes and that help wildlife to thrive;
  • make sure they treated their suppliers fairly and to pay British farmers and producers a fair price that takes into account the cost of production;
  • set and meet demanding targets for stocking local food. In our Vision for the Future of Farming CPRE suggests 10% of food sold in a supermarket should be sourced within 30 miles.

These are their responses.

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The Real Choice

How local foods can survive the supermarket onslaught
Our report shows how local foods – grown, processed and consumed in the same district – can flourish, provided the growth of supermarket chains is restrained by sound planning policies. These 'local food webs' bring a range of social, environmental and economic benefits and help to conserve some of our most beautiful countryside.

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