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Food Guide seeks local input

John Freeman
A Climate Change project is seeking food producers and businesses in North Lancashire and South Cumbria to appear in a new free guide to local food.

The guide will be the first of its kind to help north Lancashire shoppers reduce their carbon footprint and support local food businesses by buying local food.

Climate Change project LESS is compiling the directory and wants to hear from people who produce, sell, or manufacture locally grown food, as well as restaurants or pubs which source food locally for their menus.

LESS want to hear from farmers, gardeners, people producing meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, honey, preserves, locally brewed beer, as well restaurants serving this kind of food.

The guide will take in food produced within a 30-mile radius from the Lancaster district, which extends to Penrith, Skipton, Clitheroe, and includes Chorley, Burnley, Southport, Nelson and the Fylde area.

“LESS is a climate change project," explains Jennifer Lauruol of LESS, "and one way we can reduce our carbon footprint and impact on climate change is to buy and eat food produced locally instead of food that’s been shipped large distances.

“It’s not always easy to find locally produced food. This guide should make it easier and enable people to reduce their carbon impact by supporting local rural business and to enjoy some great food.”

Entries in the directory are free, and to appear in it food producers should get in touch with LESS now on 0845 478 6368 or, or visit the LESS website The organisation will be sending out questionnaires at the beginning of February.

• LESS is also organising a festival to celebrate local food, the Local FOOD ‘FEASTival’ will be at the Platform Morecambe, on bank holiday Monday, 26 May 2008. Contact Simon on 01524 888641 or email if you are a local food producer or outlet interested in attending.