Social Food: Assessing Capacities of Municipal Non-Profits and Social Entrepreneurship on Implementing Sustainable Food Systems

This paper examines the capacity of municipal non-profits and social enterprise on implementing Sustainable Food Systems (SFSs). This paper concludes municipal non-profits and social entrepreneurs have great potential to reintegrate social awareness, ethics and values into the complete supply chain of Canadian agribusiness thus meeting the goals of the SFS movement. The results of this paper generally show there is great capacity of municipal non-profits and social enterprise to increase civil engagement in pursuit of obtaining sustainable food systems from the current food industry and its pervasive corporate culture. It is clear that, through a perspective of Karl Polanyi, power in agribusiness shifted from civil society to corporations which led to stronger Western state power on the global scale and higher rates of obesity, environmental degradation and poverty worldwide. Municipal non-profits and social enterprises focused on SFSs exist and perform well in meeting most practical goals of the sustainable food systems, as they aim to speed the transition in various communities. With strong alignment of the SFS goals, municipal non-profits have capacity to increase civil engagement while working with social enterprise to solve food security and eat local.

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In order to attain and implement a sustainable food system they really need to have a complete and definite process of supply chain. It controls the flow of information and the flow of the food system. Developing a sustainable food supply chain is very important because it can monitor the food waste and also have a better and innovative solutions in addressing some factors of the food system it terms of volume, count etc.

Emelia Ingram

Supply Chain & Logistics

BR International Supply Chain Services