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Better Food Traders...
…are dynamic businesses with an eye on the big picture, working to drive change through the food system.
…want to see a network of diverse and thriving small food enterprises, deeply connected to their customers and a culture in which everyone, regardless of income, is empowered to make better food choices.
…are supporting each other as we explore new, innovative ways to produce, distribute and supply healthy food.
IF YOU ARE A BETTER FOOD TRADER, YOU WILL BE…
mission driven, trading for social purpose, not to maximise profit
You’ll have a strong organisation with robust values that are shared across the organisation
You’ll be not for private profit and your excess profits will be directed towards your mission
You’ll be financially viable without subsidy
committed to building supply chain transparency, trust and cooperation
Your trading relationships will be open, transparent and honest
You will share data about your impact with your customers and with the BFT network so we learn together
AND YOU’LL BE DOING THIS BY…
SOURCING FOOD SUSTAINABLY, USING THE FOOD ZONES AS A FRAMEWORK
…so your produce will be grown as close to your community as possible
…and it will be as seasonable as possible
CHAMPIONING ECOLOGICAL FARMING & FOOD PRODUCTION
…so your produce will be as close to organic as possible and involve the highest standards of animal welfare
…and it involves mostly small to medium scale, mixed and diverse ecological farms
…using human skills and labour backed up by appropriate technology and grounded in sound science.
DISTRIBUTING FOOD IN LOW-CARBON & LOW-IMPACT WAYS
…so you minimise the amount of resources you use
…and you reuse or recycle wherever possible
…so you specify environmentally friendly materials
…and minimise fossil fuel use across your operation
STRIVING TO CHANGE THE BIG PICTURE
…by building relationships and working with those with whom we share common cause
…by articulating your vision for a sustainable food sector
…by influencing, advocating and inspiring others!
…so you pay a fair and realistic price to your producers
…and charge your customers a fair price
…while paying your staff a living wage for their work
…and you trade direct with the people who produce our food whenever you can
PROMOTING A DIET THAT IS GOOD FOR BOTH PEOPLE & PLANET
…so it’s more seasonal and suits where you live
…and it’s mainly plant based and fresh or minimally processed
…and it minimises food waste while providing for everyone
BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY IN SUPPORT OF OUR WORK
…by reconnecting people with food production and trading
…by making affordable, good food more widely available
…and giving people information about the importance of their food choices