A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming « Localise West Midlands

A lesson for Britain: Brazil promotes food security and local food procurement, strengthening family farming « Localise West Midlands.

From the Localise West Midlands project comes this interesting piece on legislation to promote local food procurement in Brazil.  This is somewhat at odds with the country’s agricultural extractive policies (for example the industrial farming of soya for export), but consistent with some of its other policies such as the cero fome (zero hunger) programme.

“A School Meal Law (Pnae) was passed, requiring 30% of the public food purchases for school meals to be made locally from family farmers. It strengthened local and regional markets, fostered the circulation of profits in the region, recovered regional food habits and promoted the establishment of associations or cooperatives, which play an instrumental role in organizing food production and protecting the economy of the poorest sectors of the population.”   Read more here…

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