The new normal is local

UU to collaborate with Amped / Local2Local

Local food, food produced in your own region, and the short chain, products from farmer to citizen or restaurant, are on the rise, but the scale is still very limited. While it should become much more the standard. The current events of war and COVID illustrate that the import of food can simply stagnate and the region has the potential to produce healthy and sustainable food. A regional food system with regenerative agriculture also contributes to climate adaptation and biodiversity, and stimulates the local economy and the connection between city and countryside.

Foto van de ondertekening van samenwerking tussen UU en AMPED
Deal! Anton Pijpers and Mark Frederiks, behind them Simone Pekelsma, Johan Garssen, HRH Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme and Freek van Muiswinkel (Photo: Ivar Pel)

Future Food Utrecht from Utrecht University and AMPED/Local2Local will work closely together on this transition to local food and a regional food system, heritage and landscape, biodiversity and climate adaptation. A lot of work has been done in recent years to build a robust short chain in Utrecht. This collaboration should enable the transition to accelerate.

On Friday 13 May, this collaboration was officially launched in the presence of HRH Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, chairman of the Short Chain Taskforce, Professor Anton Pijpers, chairman of the Executive Board of Utrecht University, Mark Frederiks, CEO of Amped and Local2Local, and Professor Johan Garssen, chairman of Future Food Utrecht.

More info in Dutch