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Barriers to the Local Food Movement: Ontario’s Community Food Projects and the Capacity for Convergence

First printed in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. May 2013, Volume 18(Issue 5) pp. 592–605. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.788492.

Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence

ISBN: 978-1-78441-090-2, eISBN: 978-1-78441-089-6

ISSN: 1057-1922

Publication date: 3 December 2014

Abstract

This chapter explores the relationships between organisational type, rationales and the barriers that prevent community food projects from increasing the scale of their operations. From a broad survey of community food projects, organisations were divided according to their primary rationale (e.g. rural economic development and distribution), and then subdivided – by form – as a non-profit, private business, governmental agency or cooperative. Data from the interviews and surveys were coded using a qualitative grounded theory approach, to reveal the barriers experienced by each. Overall, access to long-term stable income is a recurrent theme across all types of projects. However, income sources dramatically change how these organisations prioritise barriers. Similarly, the organisation’s primary rationale and experiences influence the interpretation and approach to collaboration and education. Despite these differences, our results suggest a large degree of convergence that cuts across organisational forms and rationales, and offer a base for broader regional food system conversations.

Citation

Mount, P., Hazen, S., Holmes, S., Fraser, E., Winson, A., Knezevic, I., Nelson, E., Ohberg, L., Andrée, P. and Landman, K. (2014), "Barriers to the Local Food Movement: Ontario’s Community Food Projects and the Capacity for Convergence

First printed in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. May 2013, Volume 18(Issue 5) pp. 592–605. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.788492.

", Alternative Agrifood Movements: Patterns of Convergence and Divergence (Research in Rural Sociology and Development, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 209-228. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1057-192220140000021004

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