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Subject really does present food for thought
4:21pm Thursday 24th May 2012 in Our view
If ever evidence of the benefits to the local economy of shopping on the doorstep were needed, then the CPRE report we carry today provides just that.
The thorough, in-depth report on Otley’s ‘food web’ clearly states the facts, lists points for actions along with challenges and opportunities.
Before discussing further, it is worth digesting again some of the key points. Otley’s local food economy generates £20 million of trade each year. Local food supports the thick end of 500 jobs. There are more than 85 suppliers within 30 miles of Otley.
The report, say those who have seen it, is very encouraging, but there is no room for complacency. The basic message is a very simple one – shop locally and buy local produce wherever you can. That view has to be supported whenever possible.
However, it has to be accepted that in these difficult times careful decisions are having to be made about household spending. It is therefore vital that prices have to be competitive and stand their ground against goods on supermarket shelves.
The timing of the From Field to Fork report couldn’t be better, as council leader John Eveleigh says. It dovetails with the £20,000 funding released by Leeds City Council. Plus it could well boost the Town-Partnership-led bid to become a Portas Pilot with £100,000 of funding.
By keeping up this positive outlook and everyone doing their bit – no matter how small or insignificant it may seem – there’s real hope for great social, economic and environmental benefits all round in the future.