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Are there any policy options the city is considering the make local food accessible to all segments of the population. Local food within our context tends to price vulnerable populations out and becomes products for the wealthy.
Tatenda, I have the same question. You should ask it!
Question for Kristi: considering the community gardens and the 2 regenerative farms in the city, what is the urban capability to feed ourselves right now - ie. is it material, or is it at a level of "pilot project" only.
We export about half of what we grow. We choose to export because that is where the market is.
Kristi, we do both with our wheat.
Thanks for the info Karen. Could local farmers shift what they produce to address the local market instead?
Some people think that it is our responsibility to feed the global needs - billions of people in China and SE Asia are seeking high quality high nutrition foods, such as Canadian produts.
Good question, Tatenda. A big challenge is the layers of the supply chain from farmer to consumer. The local markets and changing regulations can definitely help shorten that distance and help make products more accessible to local consumers
How can more people access community gardens? How can the city help?
Tatenda, local/regional farmers shift to the local market wherever possible, it often depends on meeting certain price points, capacity to process/distribute the product, and the outlet (i.e., a market). Some farmers have formed co-ops, others sell to lobules or co-op where possible. That often requires a given volume, and so it requires a certain scale to work, and that can be a challenge. But the city has rolled out a few alternate distribution models to address, as well as organizations like fresh routes.
We will do our best to address all the questions in chat as well
Nadia, the Simpson Centre is just starting some research on food waste - you will see some of our first research soon on it. We will try to consider different cultural approaches to this, your comments are very interesting.
Just for everyone's information WA Ranches at the University of Calgary will be researching approaches that promote regenerative agriculture and sustainable agriculture. for the cow calf sector of beef production. This is an important issue within a new focus on Ag within the U of C , our One Health program and the research and management practices at the WA Ranch.
Veronica Briseno Castrejon
How can the City help to a small Urban Community that want to start to produce their vegetables? What is provided?
Really interesting, thank you Marit, Kristi and Herman!
I think Covid in various ways has highlighted the need/impulse towards self- sufficiency. In 2020 at least 20 countries put export bans on food. future disruptions could challenge our food system in similar ways making it important to produce more of our own food.
Thank you Kristi, Marit, Hermann and Michele. That was excellent!
Thanks to the one health group, very interesting information and a great initiative.
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Thank you so much!
Thanks everyone for coming and your questions!
Thank you Marit and Kristy
Ann Madeline Toohey
Thanks to Marit, Kristi and the One Health team!.
Veronica Briseno Castrejon
Thank you !