Collaboration more effective than competition among local food stakeholders looking to scale up distribution, U of A researcher finds.
A collaborative initiative among local food stakeholders could help address the growing consumer demand for local food in Alberta, according to new research from the University of Alberta.
Established in 2014 by Northlands, the Alberta Flavour Learning Lab formed a community of institutional food buyers, distributors, processors, producers, researchers and government representatives to learn about local food, share expertise and take joint action to get more local foods on more local plates.
“The more reliant we are on food from other places, the more vulnerable we are to environmental, economic or political changes that might restrict our access to that food,” explained Mary Beckie, a U of A food systems researcher who participated in the project.
She said that by working collectively rather than as competitors, the lab’s mem...