An Evaluation of Growing Communities根据我们的社会，环境和经济影响，并表明，以农民为市场提供的竞争力和有吸引力的产品，为他们的健康和福祉和减少食物垃圾产生多种益处。
- GC customers feel more involved with their community.
- Buying organic food through GC has a positive impact on wildlife, biodiversity and soil health.
- Buying organic food through GC produces fewer greenhouse gases in production and distribution.
- Buying seasonal and wonky food through GC cuts on-farm waste.
- Buying food through GC creates secure, local, Living-Wage jobs.
What Growing Communities wanted from the research was for it to confirm the evidence of our own eyes, to prove to us that after 25 years working to make the food and farming system more sustainable, we were – in our small way – on the right track.
Well, when the initial findings came through, Christian from the New Economics Foundation speculated that the short supply chain in the GC model was “比工业化农业更有效”. I couldn’t resist a fist pump when I heard that!
The type of farming we want to see
While I know there is much debate and disagreement about what “efficiency” means and whether it’s even the right way to be judging our food and farming system, I must admit to feeling a certain thrill that this study might show that what we were doing was更好的than the mainstream system.
- Climate- and nature-friendly food production
- Decent and healthy food for all (fresh, seasonal and mainly plant-based diets)
I believe this study shows that we are indeed delivering all of those things. And while we and the other更好的食品贸易商may be small in the grand scheme of things, I’d also argue that we do this a lot better than the supermarket-driven system, which is currently failing to deliver on pretty much all those outcomes.
Farmer-focused routes to market
I think it’s fair to say that many of us – particularly in the cities – are massively disengaged from how our food is produced and from the people that do this most important work. We just don’tseefarmers.
The idea has two main elements to it.
First, we want to make sure that the organic and agroecological farmers we trade with get more, or in factmost,of the money in the supply chain. Farmers receive around 8% of the customer pound in the supermarket-driven system, while in our system they receive 50% or more of the customer pound.
I gave this example as evidence to a National Food Strategy workshop I attended last year. I remember the Treasury economist who was there being appalled that we would voluntarily choose to pay more for something than the “market” dictated. I explained that we paid more so that the farmer who produces those potatoes can farm ecologically和pay their workers fairly and we are paying the farmer for the public goods they provide – that the system currently fails to reward – while also compensating for the fact that 15p potatoes do not reflect the true costs of producing them.
The creative potential of seasonal eating
The second element of farmer-focused is that we and other Better Food Traders work hard to help our customers and members to eat seasonally and to make the food that our farmers are best able to produce at any particular time of the year the core of their weekly food shop.
We help our customers see the creative potential of working within the limits that seasonality imposes on shopping and cooking habits.
这项研究表明，这是工作 - 那些从美国购买食物的人会更季节性地吃饭，多吃一些水果和蔬菜，少肉，浪费的食物，欣赏，欣赏食物来自哪里。
As the report concludes, these changes bring them an additional £2.46 in benefits for each pound they spend, while enabling us to redistribute economic power to farmers, providing them with financial security to generate considerable social value for themselves and even greater benefits for the environment.
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Read a summary or the full report,An Evaluation of Growing Communities。
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