INFO SHEET: Community food systems
by Russ Grayson, updated May 2020.
Communities providing for themselves
Community food systems are a do-it-yourself way to obtain the food we prefer to eat. They can be social enterprises, small businesses, or community initiatives.
As small-scale local enterprises, community food systems reduce packaging waste, make fresh food available and support regional food economies.
- Community food systems:
- support regional growers, food processors and businesses sustain local and regional economies
- support community enterpriseprovide good, fresh food
- establish direct links betweengrower and eater
- encourage citizen cooperation and self-help
- are a creative, do-it-yourself form of community development
- make our food supply more secureincrease the resiliency of our towns and cities when faced with food shortages due to disruption by weather, drought or the disruption to long food supply chains.