An accreditation scheme to recognise retailers with ethical supply chains that support British farmers has been launched.
The new initiative, called Better Food Trader, was launched this week by campaign group Sustain and community food charity Growing Communities, with the aim of setting a “gold standard” for food retail practice.
The initiative is aimed at retailers, veg box schemes, markets and other retail models.
The accreditation schemes are based on models that involve low waste, better margins for farms and nature-friendly farming.
“Ultimately we want every shop, box scheme, market stall and retailer committed to the environment, to fairness in the food system and to providing people with great local food to join the Better Food Traders,” said project leader Natasha Soares.
The scheme aims to have 50 accredited members within two years.