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From the Ground Up. Growing Our Local Food Economies Sustainably – Challenges and Opportunities The First Saskatchewan Food Summit Viki Sonntag, PhD March 2, 2011. What Makes Local “Local”?. Hint: We are Not Talking PB&J Sandwiches here. “Going Local” Drivers. Health Environment

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From the ground up

From the Ground Up

Growing Our Local Food Economies Sustainably – Challenges and Opportunities

The First Saskatchewan Food Summit

Viki Sonntag, PhD

March 2, 2011


What makes local local
What Makes Local “Local”?

Hint: We are Not Talking PB&J Sandwiches here


Going local drivers
“Going Local” Drivers

  • Health

  • Environment

  • Economy

  • Social Justice

  • Community


Locally directed spending doubles income
Locally Directed Spending Doubles Income

$25 – or 20% – is re-spent locally for a total impact of $125.

$31 – or 24% – is re-spent locally for a total impact of $131.

$52 – or 34% – is re-spent locally for a total impact of $152.

$79 – or 44% – is re-spent locally for a total impact of $179.

$62 – or 38% – is re-spent locally for a total impact of $162.

Workshop on Sustainbly Growing the Local Food Economy


Healthy dollar flows
Healthy Dollar Flows

Are associated with a greater number and diversity of local linkages that build on the small-lot variety that is characteristic of sustainable agriculture.



System dynamics
System Dynamics

Or: Why We are Still Eating PB&J sandwiches?


Path dependence and transitions
Path Dependence and Transitions

System

Innovation

Change

Costs

System

Optimization


costs benefits

Fence:

Need to develop “volume” local markets for mid-sized farms

Trap:

Dependence on low-cost commodity foods for school lunches

Fences are short-term costs that prevent the realization of long-term benefits.

long-term short-term

Traps are short-term benefits that come at the expense of long-term costs.



Jobs living wages vs meaningful work
Jobs: Living Wages vs Meaningful Work



Real possibilities
Real Possibilities

Not your Old PB&J Sandwich


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