Healthy Food Systems

Healthy Food Systems

 

CFC Visioning Session & Student Food Charters

Over the summer of 2013, CFC researchers participated in visioning sessions with the Concordia Food Coalition and members of the Concordia community organizations (Peoples Potato, Frigo Vert, Sustainable Concordia, CSU, SAF) and investigated student visions of a healthy, just and accessible food system. The resulting pillars embody the diverse criteria and components of a sovereign food system. 


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LONG-TERM, SUSTAINABLE RELATIONSHIPS & PARTNERSHIPS

  • Direct trade: connections between farmers & consumers, growers & city residents, producers (getting rid of the middle person, also creating opportunities for education)
  • On the ground projects, collaborative campus projects, localized community engagement
  • Support for local small-holders

 

STABLE, DIGNIFIED LABOUR

  • Opportunities for marginalized communities, fair wages, participative decision-making and non-hierarchical organizing wherever possible
  • Liveable wages, working conditions that promote workers’ rights
  • Inspired by alternative economic models elsewhere for a solidarity/social economy

 

ENVIRONMENTAL & ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE

  • NO factory farming, monocrops, anticipatory hormones, GMOs, synthetic herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers to promote community health
  • Using agroforestry principles, composting, recycling, green energy, and sustainable water management
  • Supports small-scale farmers, diverse crops, & fresh, seasonal produce

 

ACCESSIBLITY

  • Economic accessibility (sliding scales for payment), consumer accessibility, dignified food options catering to dietary needs of diverse communities
  • Inclusive to non-students and to the surrounding community
  • Food policies that are respectful of affective relationships to food
  • Democratic and participatory

 

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY 

  • Creating space for food narratives, labelling beyond nutritional value, multipurpose, holistic food hub to bring groups together
  • Ongoing applied research & interactive projects for giving, sharing, reciprocating exchange 
  • Health-promoting foods for holistic community health, resilience