The case for local food: building better local food systems to benefit society and nature

Produced by Susain and RSPB, July 2021.

Sustain and the RSPB share a vision for a fairer, more sustainable food and farming system, which can address the climate and nature emergencies while feeding all people well.

In this report, we summarise the shortcomings of the current food system and lay out how

a well-designed and adequately supported one could play a part in addressing the climate

and nature emergency. We demonstrate that this approach has the potential to provide real

value for money and substantial public benefits. However, without the right framework,

such benefits will not automatically arrive. National and local governments, enterprises

and community networks all have roles to play to secure the positive impacts of local food

and take more active roles in growing and managing local food systems through policies,

procurement and investments.

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