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"We are a business, not a social service agency": Barriers to Widening Access for Low-Income Consumers in Alternative Food Market Spaces

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dc.contributor.advisor Parizeau, Kate
dc.contributor.advisor Fraser, Evan D.G.
dc.contributor.author Hodgins, Kelly J.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-04T19:46:41Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-04T19:46:41Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-04
dc.date.created 2015-04-27
dc.date.issued 2015-05-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8795
dc.description A thesis presented to the University of Guelph in partial fulfilment of requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Geography en_US
dc.description.abstract Alternative Food Networks are emerging in opposition to industrial food systems, but are criticised as being exclusive, since customers’ ability to patronise these market spaces is premised upon their ability to pay higher prices for what are considered the healthiest, freshest foods. In response, there is growing interest in widening the consumer base for alternative foods. This research asks: what barriers do alternative food businesses face in providing access and inclusion for low-income consumers? Seven key barriers were uncovered using surveys and interviews with 45 alternative food businesses in British Columbia, Canada. The findings indicate that the barriers were symptomatic of structural issues in the Canadian food and social welfare systems. Although opportunities exist for business operators to widen access for low-income shoppers, these cannot meaningfully ameliorate food-access inequality. Rather, these barriers underscore issues of income-disparity, poverty, and food-access inequality more broadly, and require structural and societal change to rectify. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario Graduate Scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Alternative Food Networks en_US
dc.subject Alternative Food Business en_US
dc.subject Food Justice en_US
dc.subject Farmers' Market en_US
dc.subject Farmer's Market en_US
dc.subject Social Enterprise en_US
dc.subject Sustainability en_US
dc.subject Healthy food en_US
dc.subject food-access inequality en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Food Security en_US
dc.subject Food Insecurity en_US
dc.title "We are a business, not a social service agency": Barriers to Widening Access for Low-Income Consumers in Alternative Food Market Spaces en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Geography en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Geography en_US


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