Localised food production and distribution

Develop policy that recognises the contribution small-scale farming and localised food markets could make to help meet challenges related to sustainable and efficient food production and food security.

Why the contribution is important

Agricultural policy tends towards promoting large-scale farming as a means to achieving food efficient and sustainable food production. These systems feed into large-scale food distribution networks and so food is moved miles from where it's produced (and then sometimes back again!) to be sold cheaply in supermarkets. This may benefit the consumer in terms of food prices and it certainly benefits the supermarkets but these financial benefits rarely reach the producer, hence the need for subsidies to prop up their incomes and so it goes on...This system also contributes massively to food waste - approximately one third of all food produced globally is thrown away!

When done well, small-scale farming has been found to be more productive per unit area and more diverse in terms of both food and natural diversity. While it may be difficult to produce non-livestock food on a large scale in much of Wales, it is easier to do on a small scale using mixed farming systems, polytunnels, etc. However, without a ready market for their goods, except for outlets like farmer's markets (which tend to be considered somewhat elite and more expensive than the more convenient supermarkets) smallholder contributions to the food supply and their potential incomes are likely to be limited. So if there was real strong policy to support this type of farming and a localised distribution network it could be a viable means of developing the rural economy and enhancing food security while also reducing food waste, food miles and their associated carbon footprints.

by SJWJ on November 02, 2016 at 12:55PM

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  • Posted by CelynMenai February 23, 2017 at 14:02

    Diolch i chi am rannu eich syniadau a sylwadau!

    Mae eich blaenoriaethau a syniadau yn cael eu defnyddio i helpu’r Pwyllgor i ysgrifennu ei adroddiad ar sut y gallwn ddatblygu egwyddorion sy'n sail i bolisi amaethyddiaeth a datblygu gwledig newydd i Gymru. Am ragor o wybodaeth, plîs cysylltwch â fi ar celyn.cooper@cynulliad.cymru. Mi fyddai’n sicr o ddiweddaru’r tudalennau hyn a’r sgwrs fel mae hyn yn datblygu.

    Mae eich syniadau a’ch blaenoriaethau hefyd wedi bod o gymorth i’r Pwyllgor wrth iddo wahodd sefydliadau a chyrff cynrychioliadol i’r Senedd i roi tystiolaeth ar lafar ar ddyfodol amaeth yng Nghymru.

    O ddiddordeb , mae'r Pwyllgor yn cynnal nifer o ymgynghoriadau newydd ar hyn o bryd. Mae croeso i chi gysylltu yn uniongyrchol, neu ymweld â wefan y Pwyllgor am fanylion pellach: http://www.assembly.wales/cy/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Diolch o galon i chi gyd eto!

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    Thank you for sharing your idea and comments!

    Your ideas and priorities are now being used to help the Committee write its report on how we can develop principles to underpin a new agriculture and rural development policy for Wales. For more information, please do contact me @ celyn.cooper@assembly.wales. I’ll also make sure to update the pages and this thread to keep you updated as this progresses.

    Your ideas and priorities have also been a great support for the Committee as it invited representative organisations and bodies to come to the Senedd and give oral evidence on the future of agriculture in Wales.

    Of interest, the Committee is also undertaking a number of other inquiries at the moment that may be of interest. You're more than welcome to contact me directly, or visit the Committee's webpage for more information on how to get involved: http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/committees/Pages/Committee-Profile.aspx?cid=444

    Thank you again for all your contributions!
    Diolch!

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