Vegbelt

Establish a vegetable growing zone around every city and town. Market gardening can be successful on a relatively small scale but transport and refrigeration means high emissions. Growing the fresh stuff ultra-locally means it can be harvested on demand (or even PYO) and transported by electric vehicles for maximum freshness and minimum waste.

Why the contribution is important

Local food growing is about more than just fuel use. It will boost community engagement, offer educational opportunities and improve the disastrous Scottish diet. Well managed market gardens should also improve biodiversity, helping to increase insect and bird populations in urban areas and improving wellbeing.

by Nestleaver1 on October 25, 2020 at 09:50PM

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Comments

  • Posted by nicpip October 25, 2020 at 23:13

    local food production must be encouraged and financially supported in every possible way. Agricultural colleges should be educating mentors to enable local communities to run community gardens and farms and every community should be given financial support to build and run centers to preserve fruit and vegetables
  • Posted by PhilJones October 26, 2020 at 08:10

    every school should have a growing project and there should be colleges in most towns that run courses on food growing and agriculture. Currently, many schools that do have growing programs and gardens, use them as places for the lest scholastic children or children with additional support needs. All children can benefit from learning how to grow and then prepare veg, salads, fungi and fruit.
  • Posted by steveh October 26, 2020 at 10:00

    If it can be done organically where possible as well it will be even better for biodiversity and climate change mitigation.
  • Posted by ianbratt October 26, 2020 at 12:38

    It would be excellent if a significant amount of this land was given over for use as allotments. From my own experience I only really became a successful vegetable grower when I had access to an allotment - what made a difference was the opportunity to copy more experienced gardeners and get lots of advice .
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