Sustainable consumption for all: Improving the accessibility of sustainably-produced foods in Canada

Author

Desré M. Kramer, Rhonda Ferguson, Jennifer Reynolds

Organization

Food Secure Canada (FSC)

Published

2019

Summary

While there are many initiatives across the country that seek to provide Canadians with access to healthy and sustainable food options, these products are not always readily accessible for lower-income Canadians. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of how low-income consumers value and access sustainably grown foods, and whether anything can be done to improve the accessibility of sustainably grown food. Food Secure Canada interviewed 30 food security experts, carried out six focus groups that engaged 50 people who identified as living with low incomes, and conducted a nation wide survey that polled over 1,500 people. The findings of this study suggest that while healthy and sustainably grown foods are valued among lower-income Canadians, income/costs remain the major factor impeding access to these products. The findings also suggest that access to sustainable food is shaped by the food environments in which people live, their values, and public trust in the food system.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.


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