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June 19, 2013

Knowledge is (local) food

Supermarkets have created an odd paradox in how we think about food. At one level they cause a dislocation in our understanding of where food comes from while at the same time they unwittingly cause a debate about food miles and the intrinsic value of local food.  But being aware of the politics of food and acting on that knowledge, are two very different things. Local food champion, the Fife Diet has just launched an interactive tool designed to make it all much easier. 


Launching a Food Map for Fife

Our categories include Shops, Growing spaces (including allotments and community gardens), Fruit and Veg (including pick your own fruit farms and veg box suppliers), plus Cafes and Hotels and B&Bs.

The cafes, hotels and B&Bs categories are brand new. Look out for Fife Diet stickers at stores, shops and venues across the region. 

The project will allow anyone who wants to cut their food miles and quickly source local food in their area.

The criteria for inclusion in the scheme is that outlets must stock 5 or more locally sourced items and complete a statement about their sustainability.

The scheme will be monitored and promoted by Fife Diet members and shops and cafes that are successful in taking part will be issued with a Fife Diet window sticker and included on the online map.

We are asking the public to suggest entries of great food outlets that should be included.

You can see the map here:

Mike Small of the Fife Diet said: 

“This is a great opportunity to make things simple for people to source their food locally. You can view the map on your phone or online and zoom in to see what’s nearest you. We’re asking people to send in their suggestions for anyone we’ve missed and invite B&Bs, cafes and restaurants to apply.”