Sustainable Food Systems

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Speaker: Tom Schell
Session: Food Hubs: Evolving Models for a Regional Food System

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Sustainable Food Systems

  1. 1. Outcomes Supporters Research & Findings Framework Next Steps/Support
  2. 2. Sustainable Food System outcomes:  New rewarding, production and processing jobs created by responding to demand for local primary and processed food. $20 B
  3. 3. Sustainable Food System outcomes:  Viable economic opportunities for agricultural and food entrepreneurs made possible through cost optimized distribution pathways to local and regional food purchasers in ways that meet all of their needs.
  4. 4. Sustainable Food System outcomes:  Return of people, wealth and prosperity to the farm and rural communities in Southwestern Ontario by introducing new resilient economic strategies. $15 B 15/85
  5. 5. Sustainable Food System outcomes:  A sustainable food system that operates within the carrying capacity of the environment and contributes to health and wellbeing. $46 B
  6. 6. Supporters (partial list)
  7. 7. Action Research Project
  8. 8. Research & Findings  Sector Food Chain Models and Existing Food Distribution  Food purchasers want to buy local but ….  Alternative Food System Models  Existing Economic Systems and Debt  Resilient Economic Models
  9. 9. Research & Findings  Population Growth, Resources and Environmental Impact  Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems  Job Numbers  Mapping (Soil, Climate, Geographic Production)  Politics and Policy
  10. 10. Framework Part 1 Sustainable Food Cluster
  11. 11. Example Sustainable Food Cluster • Aggregated distribution system. • Integrated elements that support resilient economic and positive environmental & social outcomes.
  12. 12. Framework Part 2 Sustainable Food Cluster Network
  13. 13. Perth County Soil Type
  14. 14. Elgin County Soil Type
  15. 15. 37,400 29,350 79,750 29,300 79,150 14,450 Bruce 11,250 Grey 5,400 Wellington 898 Waterloo 85 Perth 4,651 Brant 262 Oxford 374 Haldimand Norfolk 877 Middlesex 36,720 Elgin 19,003 Lambton Chatham Kent Ranking: Green – 1st Blue – 2nd Yellow – 3rd Field Tomatoes ($’000) Cattle Essex 2010 Values Huron Food Distribution --- --- --- --- --- --- 123,300 116,300 91,550 130,050 129,150 159,400
  16. 16. Food Distribution
  17. 17. Sustainable Food Cluster Network
  18. 18. Next Steps  Establish inclusive, committed action planning teams in each County.  Create customized Sustainable Food Cluster action plans that leverage existing infrastructure, initiatives and programs.
  19. 19. SFS Support  Knowledge and options  Customizable process  Facilitation  Collaboration  Advocacy
  20. 20. Let’s plan together! Let’s do it together!

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