Why consume local & seasonal products ?

The demand for locally and seasonally produced food is trending in Luxembourg, a positive evolution.

As a small country, Luxembourg has the advantage that national food production can easily be grasped and monitored. This creates transparency and confidence in locally produced food.

With the geographically limited production, it is easier to trace the different infringements and implement the necessary safety procedures. Accordingly, there are very few food scandals in the Grand Duchy.

Local production also means short transport routes and thus contributes to a sustainable diet. Shopping locally, however, does not only mean conscientious shopping; locally sourced food is often also of better quality, as it does not need to travel long routes and therefore comes fresh to the shelves in shops. Thus, short routes, for example, have a positive impact on flavour and also on valuable constituents such as vitamins and minerals. In addition, less food gets spoiled on the way to the shelves. Accordingly, when you buy local products, you also do something to combat food waste.

Not only good for the environment but also for Luxembourg farmers and winegrowers

Purchasing local products is not only good for the environment but also supports Luxembourg farmers and winegrowers.

Here we as a consumer must ask ourselves: is it really necessary to eat strawberries in winter, especially when they taste rather like strawberry-flavoured water?

Local and seasonal food production also has a social component since it gives rise to personal contact between the producer and the consumer. In this way, the consumer once again learns to really appreciate the work that takes place behind the scenes of food production.

With our seasonal calendar , you get an overview of the fruits and vegetables that are available during a certain period of time in the year.

On sou-schmaacht-letzebuerg.lu you can find more information about Luxembourg producers and direct sellers.

At present, Luxembourg is still heavily dependent on the import of fruit and vegetables to meet the demand of the population. Currently, less than 5% of the vegetables sold in Luxembourg are home-grown. When it comes to fruit, the level of self-sufficiency is even below one percent. On a general level, however, Luxembourg’s fruit and vegetable production has already increased. An opportunity to increase production lies, for example, in the increased use of Luxembourgish products in community kitchens.