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1279: Local food webs

This paper is summarised from ‘Food webs - A report on local food networks in East Suffolk which demonstrates the importance of local shops and services to rural communities’ prepared by Caroline Cranbrook for CPRE.

Year of Publication2011

In this area of East Suffolk small shops play an invaluable social role in sustaining communities and the landscape relies upon the intricate webs of connections involved. Local economies are vulnerable. Superstores have brought increasingly high standards of choice, availability, hygiene and new technologies for food production. Only by valuing what currently exists and by critically assessing their wider impact on rural life will it be possible to develop policies which enable the global economy of the superstore and the smaller self-sustaining local economy to co-exist.

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