Fife Diet food map launches in the Kingdom

Mike and Karen Small

Mike and Karen Small

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A HUGELY successful project which aims to cut down on the carbon footprint of consumption launches a new local food map next week.

The Fife Diet, which is the largest project of its kind in Europe - has invited establishments which supply locally sourced food, such as shops, cafes and hotels, to become members of the new scheme.

The window sticker system and online map guide will make the choice of following the Fife Diet much easier for customers, said spokesperson Mike Small.

He added: “This is a great opportunity to make things simple for people to source their food locally.

“You can view the map on your phone or online and zoom in to see what’s nearest you.

We’re asking people to send in their suggestions for anyone we’ve missed and invite B&Bs , cafes and restaurants to apply.”

Fife Diet followers sign up to taking a more sustainable approach to their food consumption in an effort to slow the effects of climate change.

According to Mr Small, those who follow the group’s principles are halving their carbon footprint by buying local - part of a move towards his more general goal to bring about a “food revolution.”

The criteria for inclusion in the scheme is that outlets must stock five or more locally sourced items and complete a statement about their sustainability.

The scheme will be monitored and promoted by Fife Diet members.

Mr Small said: “The way we produce, consume and distribute food at the moment accounts for more than 30 per cent of the UK’s CO2 emissions.

“We need to change the way we do food if we’re going to meet our climate change targets of 42 per cent by 2020 – that’s just eight years.”

The food map scheme launches at the new Delight Delicatessen in Kinghorn, a member outlet.

Food map categories include Shops, Growing spaces, Fruit and Veg, plus Cafes and Hotels and B&Bs.