A network of Food Assemblies - social enterprises that enable direct trade between local food producers and customers through an online market - is spreading across western Europe.
The concept was launched in France in 2010 as a new way of sourcing and selling local food thanks to the power of the Internet and social networks. Rules of Food Assemblies state that food must be sourced within a 200-km radius.
In its first three years, the French and Belgian network grew to more than 600 Assemblies, involving 4 000 producers and 100 000 active members. The network has now grown to more than 840 assemblies also in Germany, Italy, Spain and UK. Find your local Food Assembly and read the blog.