Future Food System Research Priorities: A Sustainable Food Systems Perspective from Ontario, Canada

  • Alison D. Blay-Palmer Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Irena Knezevic Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Peter Andrée Carleton University
  • Patricia Ballamingie Carleton University
  • Karen E. Landman University of Guelph
  • Phil A. Mount Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Connie H. Nelson Lakehead University
  • Erin Nelson University of Guelph
  • Lori M. Stahlbrand Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Mirella L. Stroink Lakehead University
  • Kelly Skinner Lakehead University
Keywords: Governance, Integration, Scaling Out, Scaling Up, Sustainable Food

Abstract

Given the range and complexity of pressures on food systems across the globe, we suggest that future research on sustainable food systems can be clustered under three broad topics: the need for integration across multiple jurisdictions, sectors, and disciplines that includes different models of food systems and community visions of an integrated food system; the need for focus on tensions and compromises related to increased numbers and reach of sustainable food systems by scaling out and up; and the need for appropriate governance structures and institutions. Comparative research that works directly with community-based organizations to co-create and apply shared research tools and then engage in common assessment projects offers ways to develop more connected scholarship. More extensive work using concept maps, participatory action research, life-cycle analysis, and urban/rural metabolic flows may help to develop, animate, and answer future research questions in more integrated ways, and will build on opportunities emerging from more inclusive, connected, and multidisciplinary approaches. Work in Ontario helps to illustrate research exploring the three themes through embedded connections to communities of food in the ongoing research project Nourishing Communities.1

 

1 http://nourishingcommunities.ca

Author Biographies

Alison D. Blay-Palmer, Wilfrid Laurier University
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Irena Knezevic, Mount Saint Vincent University
Postdoctoral Fellow, FoodARC, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Peter Andrée, Carleton University
Associate Professor, Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Patricia Ballamingie, Carleton University
Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Karen E. Landman, University of Guelph
Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Phil A. Mount, Wilfrid Laurier University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Connie H. Nelson, Lakehead University
Professor, Social Work, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Erin Nelson, University of Guelph
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Guelph, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Lori M. Stahlbrand, Wilfrid Laurier University
PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Mirella L. Stroink, Lakehead University

Associate Professor, Psychology, Lakehead University, Thunderbay, Ontario, Canada.

Kelly Skinner, Lakehead University
Postdoctoral Fellow, Thunderbay, Ontario, Canada.
Published
2013-09-24
How to Cite
Blay-Palmer, A., Knezevic, I., Andrée, P., Ballamingie, P., Landman, K., Mount, P., Nelson, C., Nelson, E., Stahlbrand, L., Stroink, M., & Skinner, K. (2013). Future Food System Research Priorities: A Sustainable Food Systems Perspective from Ontario, Canada. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 3(4), 227–234. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.034.029