Defra’s Food Statistics Pocketbook 2012 says that UK produced 51.8% of its own food supply in 2011.
This included 83% of dairy products and bird’s egg supply, 82% of meat and meat preparation supply, 62% of cereals and cereal preparations (rice included in the overall calculation), 23% of fruit and vegetables.
We are fortunate that so many local food producers and retailers are committed to decreasing their carbon footprint, and are producing readily available delicious food. Some of these have already signed up to our 2050 Carbon Neutral Declaration.
More environmentally friendly food production is being achieved in a variety of ways including a considered approach to animal and crop husbandry, energy efficient equipment and waste disposal, and installations of a range of renewable energy technologies.
There is increasing availability of locally produced food through smaller shops and stores and farm shops.
We are also lucky to have several markets in Bradford on Avon:
The Bradford on Avon market takes place in the Library car park every Thursday morning. The Country Market is held at The Hub in Lamb Yard, 9.30 – 11.00 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
There are Farmers’ Markets on the third Thursday of the month in Westbury Gardens and the last Sunday of the month in Lamb Yard. Click for full details and to check dates.
There are also several local veg. producers, including a community agriculture scheme(BoACA) which started a vegetable box service in 2013.