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Perceptions of Controlled Environment Agriculture: Food Security and Northern Communities

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Title: Perceptions of Controlled Environment Agriculture: Food Security and Northern Communities
Author: Kozachenko, Chantel
Department: Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
Program: Geography
Advisor: Fraser, Evan
Abstract: In an attempt to improve food security in Northern Canada, technologists and entrepreneurs have developed a technological solution called controlled environment agriculture (CEA) that is projected to provide better quality fresh greens and reduce diet related health diseases. However, there has been limited research into the social relationship between CEA and Northern food security, particularly through the lens of settler colonialism and technological solutions. This research explores CEA’s relationship to Northern food security through expert perceptions to determine what role CEA may have in the North. An in-depth thematic analysis of media articles and expert interviews, revealed several key themes in the relationship between CEA and Northern food security and the social implications of implementing a technological solution to Northern food security. As CEA development continues to be promoted in the North, this research demonstrates the need for a closer examination of social supports in the drive to improve food security in the North.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/18004
Date: 2020-05
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