Meet the Grower: Edible Futures

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Published on June 23rd 2019
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Video and words by Marta Funk.
When you look around the supermarket, most products have travelled across the country, or crossed borders, just to be on the shelf at the right time, in the right form.
The distance each product covers is called 'food miles' and environmentalists argue that the rising number of food miles, combined with the cheap price we are paying for our food, is detrimental to the environment.
Local producers aren't able to keep up with the demand for low cost produce, allowing supermarkets, masters at running highly efficient warehousing and processing systems, to take over the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Edible Futures, set up and run by Humphrey Loyd, wants to combat the supermarket giants by providing easily accessible fresh salads to local shops and restaurants.
Right now, through their small community supported agriculture scheme, 15 families around Bristol receive a weekly bag of salad at their preferred drop-off point.
A yard with grass and a building in the background
Their growing site is currently based at Feed Bristol, a wildlife community farm operated by Avon Wildlife Trust, just outside of the city. That means every bag of salad travels under 10 miles from the ground to the plate. Further, the salad bags are delivered by bicycle, meaning there is no carbon emission involved in their production at all.
A close up of a green plant
In the future, Humphry hopes to expand the production site, as well as launch a full 'veg-box' delivery service.
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