The In Loco Association has launched a collaborative funding campaign to implement the 100% Local project, which aims to facilitate informed and reliable consumer access to food products in the Algarve region.
According to the association, at stake is the discussion on “greater food autonomy and the urgency of restoring sustainable production and consumption dynamics on a local scale”.
“Do you know how many miles you had your last meal? It is reported that on average a food travels 2,400 kilometers to reach its plate, which implies a high environmental, social and economic impact, ”says In Loco.
In the face of the world scenario marked by an increase in population density and industrial food production, current consumption patterns are transformed and, consequently, the forms of food production redefined. “Today, we are mainly exporting agriculture, focusing on intensive monocultures, highly consuming of natural and energy resources, harmful to ecosystems and, finally, with negative impact on family farming and local economies,” says the Algarve association.
Within the framework of this agenda, the 100% Local project, currently underway, emerged, “with the objective of facilitating consumers' informed and reliable access to local, seasonal and quality food products from the Algarve region”, in addition to distinguishing and identifying local producers by creating structures to bring them closer to consumers.
The project has a large financial support from No Planet B by AMI, from the Camões Institute and from the European Union. It still needs to raise 10% of the amount that will ensure its full implementation, which motivated the launch of the campaign.
The funds raised will support the organization of producer markets in the municipalities of the region, the pursuit of an awareness campaign focusing on the importance of focusing on short production and consumption circuits and, finally, on the main differentiating product that will be the creation and promotion. of the web and mobile application «Cá se Fazem».
The latter will be one of the results of the project that set out to create a technological tool to make local Algarve production accessible.
This will identify and map the region's producers, their points of sale and production, as well as other locations and related initiatives, and will be publicly available for free use.
Find out all about the campaign and how you can contribute here.