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Eating local and seasonal

Hi readers, it’s Emily, Kerry and William here this week, thinking about local produce and why it’s important.

With us even more aware about the environmental impact due to air miles and pollution from food being imported; food more expensive than ever, and especially since covid, being more focused on staying healthy and eating well, we were wondering, if we want to reduce our carbon footprint, stick to our budget and eat well, how do we do this?

Not only that, we’d also like it to be fresh, taste good, be local and of high quality. We don’t care what it looks like. We believe that eating well will keep us healthy and give us good energy. We also think that all this processed food, as much as it may taste good and be cheap, are rubbish for our bodies as they are packed with additives, some of which may also make us want to eat more.

We’d also like to buy locally as it makes more sense, at least for most foods, and it would be good to support the local farming community and businesses. We’d much rather buy beef or lamb from Dorset than New Zealand or South Africa!

With all this making us feel very motivated about buying locally, it’s also got us wondering as to where we can buy local food! It’s not always easy for us, as we can’t drive to supermarkets, we don’t have credit cards and so it really needs to be easy for us to find and pay for local fresh food.

Next week we will talk about how we have gone about this and how we might do it. In the meantime, we hope you all have a Happy Halloween and enjoy your pumpkin pies!

The writers of the Our View column are supported in their editing by People First Dorset - a charity led and run by people with learning disabilities with support from staff

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