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The Hope of Community Supported Agriculture

March 6, 2011

At the country level, most of us are completely invested in this global food system, which is built on some very, very rickety pillars. I think, however, there’s a lot of interesting stuff that goes on more on the municipal level – with farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture, with food policy councils, which are springing up all over cities and towns in Canada and in the U.S.

And these are really talking about trying to shorten supply chains, create a level of food sovereignty at a local level, invest in things like soup kitchens and community kitchens, which act as an insurance policy against food shocks for economically poor people. So I think the most innovative stuff is actually happening at a small scale across North America.

And there’s very little attention to this issue being placed at a national or international scale.

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  1. March 6, 2011 at 11:14 am

    CSA is taking off slowly but surely and everybody should do their bit to ensure that we protect the future of this initiative!

  1. March 6, 2011 at 11:52 am
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