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Towards Sustainable Food: An Introduction to the BRASS Research Centre and the Work of the BRASS Food Group

Toronto, Ontario
April 7, 2010

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Oakham House, 63 Gould Street in the Oakham Lounge, 2nd Floor (

with Alex Franklin and Julie Newton (Cardiff University)

Community food hubs are increasingly being employed by sustainability advocates as a model for coordinating the supply of food from groups of local producers to consumers. As well as reducing food miles and providing new economic opportunities, food hubs can also be used to promote connections between consumers and proximate rural productive spaces.

Through this research we hope to explore how these connections are built, but also the challenges which they create for the groups of community activists responsible for their management. We take as a case study a pioneering new community food hub called Stroudco.

As well as giving an overview of the current work of the BRASS Food Group, Franklin and Newton will use this presentation as an opportunity to invite feedback on a research project which seeks to investigate the potential role of community food hubs in creating resilient and cohesive communities.

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