Local food systems are an alternative choice to the worldwide company models where producers and patrons are separated thru a chain of processors / makers, shippers and outlets. As the food industry grows, the ‘middle man ‘ is increasingly able to control the quality of food. Inversely, the local food system redevelops these relations and inspires a return of quality control to the patron and the producer respectively. These quality traits are not merely in the product but in the strategy of manufacturing.
Networks of local farmers and producers are now collaborating together in Great Britain, Europe as well as in Canada and the US to supply an online farmers market to consumers. In this fashion, more purchasers can now buy regionally even online when they can not attend a local farmers market. This also provides local farmers and producers another path to market and keeps outgoings low as web site costs are shared. Examples of this are Tastes of Anglia in the United Kingdom, BALLE (Business alliance for Local Living Economies), and the 30 Mile Meal Project in the US.