Transition Groups in Falmouth and Truro welcome the good news reported recently in the local press that South West consumers are buying more local produce than this time last year, following a survey by Cornish Mutual.
As the survey reveals, supporting local farmers and the quality of the products are the main considerations recorded by respondents, but there are also other significant benefits arising from buying local. Not only is provenance assured, and money kept circulating in the local economy, food and drink miles from producer to shopping bag are much less, thus reducing carbon emissions which contribute to climate change. And buying local, especially from the markets in our area means less avoidable packaging and therefore less waste.
In addition, more support for our Cornish producers will help to ensure food security, at a time when concerns on over-reliance on provisions from upcountry are regularly hitting the headlines.
We encourage readers to buy local whenever they can this Xmas, and indeed throughout the year. To help locals and visitors choose what and where to buy, there is an online Transition Guide to Cornish produce sold in the Falmouth, Penryn and Truro catchment areas.