OPINION: Why thinking local change the world - Daisy Snow

Basket with fresh farm vegetables in the grass

Defra figures show 12pc rise in farmland being converted to organic food production - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

So, following on from last week’s topic of globalisation, I want to start talking about ways in which localisation can happen. I believe that the first thing to accept and understand is that change is not going to come from the top down, so we have to make the change ourselves. The good thing is – we are in control of that, so we can start now. 

After the last two years I would hope that it is now evident to a lot of people that our government does in many ways have ulterior motives, has people within it that are profiting from decisions and contracts being made, and could do more if it genuinely was putting the health of the nation first. 

Localisation could be the answer to everything. It can solve the climate crisis, ill health, racism, world hunger, depression, wars… the simple reason why it hasn’t been done is because it would stop the money flow to the elite corporations and people in the world. 

So therefore, it is down to us to start grass roots action in our everyday lives to put the health, happiness and power back into local communities and people. 

The first thing I believe everyone should focus on is buying food that is in season, not laced in pesticides, grown locally and sold in local shops, once we, the people, regain control of this vital aspect of our lives, we will much less be at the mercy of the powers that be, we will be healthier, and in turn happier, the soil can start recovering, farmers will start to be able to turn a profit, and the environment will not suffer to the extent it does with our current intensive systems. 

It astounds me that we are now in a place that organic food is deemed a luxury item, pre-WW2, pretty much all food was organic, by default, hence why illnesses like cancer were much less common. 

The next aspect to consider is the percentage of our incomes we spend on food, it has decreased substantially over the years, and whilst shopping locally may be more expensive than subsidised supermarket options, we could spend more on good quality food if we spent less on the non-essentials. It has become normal for us to try and save money on our food shop, so we can spend more money on things like Sky subscriptions, Netflix, the latest trainers or alcohol. To be honest there are countless things we waste money on, often for convenience purposes that we have conditioned to believe are a necessity. 

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Repairing things is another great way to save money, to help local craftspeople and stop your money ending up in the hands of the super-rich. By simply mending something yourself, using a local welder, sewing machinist or white goods specialist, we can preserve the life of household products that become worn or broken and help end the cycle of constant consumption. 

Another super easy and super effective action to do, is talking to people. By getting involved with your local community you can find out about amazing things that are already happening on a grassroots level. Bideford already has a community gardening scheme, Torrington is in the process of getting one set up, in High Bickington there is a repair café… schemes such as these are vital in rebuilding our communities and slowing down the devastation of globalisation. 

If every day we actively think about where we spend and don’t spend money, we really can start to make change. Next time you think about buying a book on Amazon, maybe give Walter Henry’s a call instead, next time you need some screws or fixings, pop in to Blanchards or Tamar Trading. 

Little actions like these make a huge difference, and if everyone in North Devon works together, we could save our small businesses, save our farmers, save our health and happiness and really make our amazing area thrive.

Daisy Snow, 25-year-old local business owner with a passion for localisation

Daisy Snow, 25-year-old local business owner with a passion for localisation - Credit: Contributed

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