It might only be a lettuce shortage now, but City Metric is forecasting a full scale food-crisis in London later. Cost and availability of food that travels thousands of miles before reaching the supermarket is all part of the problem - not to mention its environmental impact.
When a new Waitrose or Tesco Express opens almost weekly in London, you could be forgiven for thinking this prediction overly-dramatic. But while the future of London’s food sources looks uncertain without a policy, there are at least several ways Londoners can help clean up their food-chain.
We’re particularly impressed by Bermondsey based Farmdrop, which makes local produce from sustainable producers available to order online. Produce is harvested and delivered to your door only once your order is placed. This minimizes waste, food miles and, because Farmdrop use electric vans, food emissions.
Other organisations like Capital Growth offer opportunities to volunteer at garden hubs such as Cordwainers Garden in Hackney and St Luke’s in Islington. Or you can browse the Sustainable Restaurant Association listings for your nearest food-chain friendly eaterie.
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The NFU claims that, “Consumers increasingly want to know where their food is coming from”. Assuming that’s true, how can you know you’re buying British? Looking for the red tractor symbol and a British flag is one way to do this. The tractor means that the product complies with farm assured standards, including good environmental practice and being traceable to source. The Sustainable Restaurant Association is also helping diners discern which restaurants source their food sustainably by giving them a rating. But with only a dated strategy on offer from City Hall, support from government is distinctly lacking. The environmental impact in particular should be considered.