Deconstructing Dinner: Co-operatives: Alternatives to Industrial Food III


02 Dec 2007 |
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On this Part III of the "Co-operatives: Alternatives toIndustrial Food" series, we look at the Islands Good Food Initiative and theHeritage Foodservice Co-operative. The co-operative is looking to reclaimgreater control over the regional food system on Vancouver Island. Onceproducing 85% of the food consumed on the Island, Vancouver Island now onlyproduces less than 10% of the food consumed! The Island represents animportant window into the future of food security in North Americancommunities.

This new co-operative will challenge the common supply chain model wherebyfarmers most often receive the short end of the stick, and replace it withwhat is known as a value chain. Within a value chain, every link is ensureda fair price of that final food dollar. The Heritage FoodserviceCo-operative will look to connect farmers with labour, with processing andpacking facilities, with transportation/distribution and with institutionalfood purchasers (restaurants, colleges, public facilities, etc.). Is this amodel for other Canadian communities to adopt?

Deconstructing Dinner is designed to educate listeners on the impacts our food choices have on ourselves, our communities and the planet. The show, hosted by Jon Steinman, is produced at Kootenay Co-op Radio (CJLY) in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.


Sandra Mark and Frank Moreland, Edible Strategies Enterprises (Fanny Bay,BC) - A small consulting group working with partners to develop approachesto relocalize the food system. They offer a variety of services toenterprising non-profit organizations and co-operatives. Edible Strategieshas been integral in the creation of the business plan for the HeritageFoodservice Co-operative.

Karin Lengger, General Manager - Vancouver Island, SPUD (Small PotatoesUrban Delivery) (Victoria, BC) - In business since 1998, SPUD is Canada'slargest organic grocery home delivery service. The business serves over 6000customers in the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria, Vancouver Island, Calgaryand Seattle. SPUD is committed to protecting the environment by buyinglocal, organic, minimally packaged, and eco-friendly products.

Bill Code, President, Island Farmers Alliance (Duncan, BC) - The IFA is analliance of farmers on Vancouver Island and surrounding islands who work toensure the sustainability and growth of Island agriculture by promotinglocal foods and farmers.

Graham Morry, Executive Director, Nanaimo Associaiton for Community Living(NACL) (Nanaimo, BC) - NACL supports and advocates for citizens withdevelopmental disabilities and the people that care for them by promotinginclusion through various residential and community opportunities,activities, and services. They currently operate seven residences and a dayprogram in the Nanaimo area. They also provide respite care and communityrespite by referral.

Marjorie Stewart, Chair, Nanaimo Foodshare (Nanaimo, BC) - Whether they'redeveloping small-scale businesses, teaching a canning workshop, ordistributing locally grown produce through the Good Food Box program,Foodshare helps people develop the skills they need to increase foodsecurity, build community, and be self-sufficient. Through programs,workshops, and community networks, their aim is to educate and empower bysharing not just food -- but also information, resources, workloads, and newopportunities.

James Street, President, North Vancouver Island Chefs Association(Courtenay, BC) - Founded in 1979 to represent chefs and cooks from Bowserto the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the Associaiton is a branch of theCanadian Culinary Federation. Their goals are to promote culinaryexcellence, aid the growth and development of the industry, and provide anetwork for membership.

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