Local Food in Glasgow workshop explores Scottish produce issues
Environmentalists, local farmers and ecologists gathered at the Kinning Park Complex in Glasgow to talk about the importance of the local food market.
The Kinning Park Complex, an independent, multi-use community centre in Glasgow, held an event highlighting locally sourced produce on March 13th.
Local Food in Glasgow – Planning Holistically Together brought together environmentalists, local farmers and ecologists to share their experiences concerning local food in Glasgow.
Around 20 workers attended the event, which was facilitated by Abi Mordin, the director of Propagate, to discuss local food issues with other practitioners in the field.
Mordin said: “While local food may not always be the cheapest food available, it is certainly affordable for many and it scores well on quality, so it can be great value for money because of the freshness, taste and quality of ingredients.”
Mordin also discussed the importance of local food and its impact on the local economy, as well as its social benefits.
“There actually aren’t enough local producers, possibly because people are scared or put off by the risks of setting up a local food enterprise, and then not succeeding,” she said. “So we need to build the market for it, show there’s a demand – through households, cafes, businesses etc. This will encourage more local food enterprises, more jobs, and more money staying in the local economy.”
Most participants at the event agreed with the importance of eating and buying Scottish food for the local economy, as purchasing food from local suppliers supports hundreds of jobs at regional outlets.
This in turn supports producers in the area – defined as within 30 miles of where a person shops.
The community that gathered at Kinning Park also discussed seasonal local food, such as fruit and vegetables, as well as the community aspect to local food, something Mordin discussed further.
“Food is a great way to bring people together, to build a sense of community,” she said. “If you’re direct buying from a smallholder or local farmer, you create a connection. If you’re subscribing to a box scheme you know many others are too, and often if it’s a Community Supported Agriculture project, you know it’s often got greater, social aims in mind.
“We will hopefully see lots of new local food enterprise coming from community gardening projects that have been based in low income communities for many years, so you know the profits from the produce will go back into community health work.”
For more information about the events at Kinning Park Complex you can visit their website
Featured Image: Tania Tornese
Infographic Source: Propagate