The micro-economies of local communities have the potential to work in a way that is financially rewarding and respectful of surrounding ecosystems, human health and cultures while fostering conviviality and solidarity.
A short supply chain is a vital element in building local economies and focuses on local production with food miles that minimize the number of steps involved , the distance travelled by food and therefore reduce our ecological and carbon footprint.
Farmers markets are an important feature of short supply chains as an alternative supply strategy enabling producers to regain an active role in the food system.
Earth Markets are a special type of farmers market created and run by local communities of the Slow Food network according to the principles of good, clean and fair.
An Earth Market is not simply a place where food is bought and sold; it is a project built according to a multidisciplinary approach to food, one that provides a source of nourishment while promoting and protecting cultural identity, history, and traditions in a space of meaningful exchange.
Earth Markets are present in many countries and in Mauritius.https://www.fondazioneslowfood.com/en/slow-food-markets/cap-tamarin-and-goodlands-earth-market/