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Reconnection in Local Food Initiatives: Purpose, Practice, and the Calibration of Value

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Title: Reconnection in Local Food Initiatives: Purpose, Practice, and the Calibration of Value
Author: Albrecht, Cayla
Department: Department of Geography
Program: Geography
Advisor: Smithers, John
Abstract: Reconnection between producers and consumers is often presented as an integral part of the local food narrative. This project sought to interrogate the idea of reconnection between these two actors in Local Food Initiatives (LFIs) in Southwestern Ontario in order to engage critically with food localization processes and to better understand the assumptions and expectations of both producers and consumers. Drawing on interviews and surveys, this research suggests that producers and consumers value reconnection for different reasons and experience practical limitations in satisfying diverse expectations. The ‘reconnection project’ then, is perhaps not a firm foundation for food system change. New roles and responsibilities for each party, along with ongoing and changing negotiations between producer and consumer needs might predispose participants to favour other arrangements (without direct contact) if they became more readily available and were capable of guaranteeing both profitability for the producer and healthy foods for the consumer.
Date: 2014-07
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