Local Food Systems and Farmland Protection

Through this research program my aim is to build the capacity of local food systems in BC and abroad.  A food system refers to the entire food value chain from the farmer’s field to the dinner plate, including producers, marketing agencies, input industries, processors, distributors, retailers, farmers markets, and consumers.  The aim is to each element of the value chain as close to home as possible and when feasible.  Feasibility includes a range of values (e.g., social, cultural, environmental), including economic values.  Farmers must have a sustainable livelihood.
To build the capacity of a local food system means improving markets for local foods, increasing awareness of local food issues, ensuring equitable access to ‘good food’ for all residents, and protecting the agricultural land base -- the 'foodland' base.
Research projects:

For more information contact
David J. Connell, PhD
Associate Professor