This is a piece of research carried out, as part of an MSc in organic farming, to explore a successful trading model to increase access to sustainable fruit and vegetables in Greater Manchester.
Creating sustainable local food systems (SLFS) can have huge implications in helping to reduce carbon emissions and encouraging people back into farming, thereby increasing local resilience. The purpose of this research, carried out as a dissertation project for an MSc in Organic farming, is to explore the best model for this. A model that is fair, accessible, and environmentally and financially sustainable.
The value of this research is that it brings together successful elements and lessons learnt from a number of initiatives and proposes a model that aims to address all four elements of sustainability. It proposes that this is achievable and provides practical details.