Local Food Ecosystem

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Introducing a new book by Duncan Catchpole:



How Food Hubs Can Help Create a More Sustainable Food System



The ‘Local Food Ecosystem’ is a new concept in food supply chain coordination which conforms to a new and more forward-thinking economic model. It is founded upon principles such as balance, wholeness, circularity, diversity and interconnectivity, resulting in a food system which is less wasteful, more equitable, much kinder to our planet, much better for citizens in terms of the quality and healthiness of the food we get to eat, which nurtures food entrepreneurism to create vibrant local food economies, and which is, in every sense of the word, sustainable.


About The Author  •  Duncan Catchpole

Duncan’s lifetime of experience with sustainable food began with his upbringing on an organic apple orchard in Suffolk. 

In 1998 he founded the Cambridge Organic Food Company (COFCO), which was set up on a shoestring budget. Today, COFCO delivers organic veg boxes to more than a thousand local households every week, achieved while upholding strong ethical principles throughout. It has grown into a seven-figure-turnover enterprise. 

A founding committee member of Cambridge Sustainable Food, the organisation responsible for Cambridge’s inclusion in the ‘Sustainable Food Places’ network, this role led him to begin the Cambridge Food Hub project, which subsequently led to the development of the Local Food Ecosystem concept.