Growing Good Food Ideas: The Role of Co-ops in Ontario’s Changing Food System

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: April 24, 2013

Categories: Featured Videos / Growing Good Food Ideas / Videos

The Role of Co-ops In Ontario’s Changing Food System from Sustain Ontario on Vimeo.

With the growing presence of the co-op model in Ontario, there are a plethora of unique co-ops, guided by place- and culture-specific needs, goals, but with shared values, which are ultimately working together to make our food system more democratic. Hannah Renglich, Animator for the Local Organic Food Co-ops Network, describes the variety of initiatives: operating farmers’ markets and student cafes, facilitating online platforms to connect consumers and producers, shipping food directly to remote First Nations communities, collectively running farms, and teaching high school students about sustainable agroecological practices. The co-operative model progressively evaluates itself with a triple bottom line accounting approach, placing an equal focus on concern for community, environmental sustainability, and healthy economics.