Exploring the impact of capacity building for positive food environments - the Our Food Project
LE3 .A278 2015
Bachelor of Arts
Envirironmental & Sustainability Studies
Environmental & Sustainability Studies
This research focused on a case study of the Our Food Project. It used a qualitative, interpretive design to explore the understandings, concepts and good practices that organizations can employ in facilitating a shift to a more sustainable community food system based on providing for social, economic, and environmental health. Semi-structured interviews and small focus groups were the primary method of data collection. These were conducted with community food activists across Canada and key stakeholders of the Our Food Project who are working to develop sustainable community food systems and positive food environments. The research findings revealed the barriers within the existing industrial food system interfering in the shift towards a more desirable future for the environment, society and economy alike. Three major themes were identified through the coding process: the problems of the industrial food system, what constitutes a desirable future, and practices for food security organizations. A key finding is the importance of connecting the multitude of grassroots organizations, individuals and government to become an even stronger voice in the shift towards a more desirable future. This suggests that food security initiatives should strive for active engagement and involvement in the food system by all.
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