Since ages we as Indians have relied on our local food systems for our food which is one of the basic necessities for human survival but with times our attitude towards local grown stuff became disheartening which finally led to various problems. Covid-19 pandemic proved to be an eye opener and the importance of eating local yet thinking global was crystal clear to us. We came to know the importance of our local supporting systems and also various challenges faced by them.
Benefits of eating local
There are innumerable benefits of eating local. To mention a few are :-
. Eating local helps local economies to prosper and flourish.
. Local food systems save valuable energy from being spent on transportation, refrigeration and packaging.
. Local food systems encourage the concept of farmers markets.
. Eating local and seasonal keeps us healthy.
. Development of local food economy helps to revitalize a community.
Challenges faced by local food systems
. Threats by transnational corporations.
. Structural challenges.
. Inadequate quality retail.
. Real estate space.
Conclusion: The Covid-19 pandemic proved to be an eye opener and taught all of us the importance of eating local yet thinking global as during lockdown local food systems acted as our only supporting systems. Hence it is the need of the hour to be self-reliant and be “ Vocal for Local.