And yet. Our neighbours in our tiny part of north Leeds have set up a WhatsApp group, and are collecting prescriptions on our behalf. While the big supermarkets are struggling to keep us supplied, more local companies are stepping up. Our dairy produce is being delivered from a farm just a few miles to the north. One of our local cafes is providing a general grocery delivery service, as the cafe business goes on hold. The food shortages in our local shops now extend to flour and veg, as the opportunity for more home cooking presents itself.
Are these tentative steps towards the more local, sustainable, community-based food system that we've been talking about?