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Best practices in local food for local development

Jun 11, 2014 | News

(11 June 2014) – ELARD, the European LEADER Association for Rural Development, has just released a publication presenting the best local food related practices across nine rural territories in Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland and Sweden.

You will also learn 15 reasons for buying local food products – and help maintain hundreds of local jobs. The publication was produced in a transnational LEADER project “Local Food for Local Development” in 2013-2014.

According to the Data and Trends of the European Food and Drink Industry 2012 the sector’s total turnover amounted 1 017 billion Euros, giving it number one position among the European manufacturing industries.

The industry’s share in the EU’s added value was 12%, leaving e.g. automobile industry (11%) and chemical industry (10%) behind. Through the economic downturn years the food and drink sector has performed very well in sustaining its jobs, some 4.25 million all together.

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