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Where and how do Southeast New Brunswick Foodie get their groceries?

The Our Food Survey in Southeast NB

As you know the Our Food Project is part of the nation- wide effort to make it easier to grow, sell, and eat healthy food.  Our Food Southeast New Brunswick is doing this by on creating a Regional Food Charter.  Part of the research in understanding our local food system has been to learn where people buy, eat, or grow their food today.  We shared a survey to get an idea where and how people access their food and how far they travel to get their groceries

Most people (92%) said that they make an effort to buy local meaning most of the 450 participants where foodies :)

Here is a snapshot of some of thinking behind local buying:

The biggest reason Southeast NB foodies buy local is to support the local economy and community – This came ahead of nutritional value and the perspective of sustainability.

Most of the study group (68%) grow some of their own food and many forage fish and hunt – This means we have some great food skills kept alive out there in the woodwork!

A quarter of the participants own land that was used for agricultural purposes in the last 10 years – As we all know the land is there ready to be used to grow food we need a food system that values this!

Before boring you with anymore numbers I want to share the results of our calculation of how far people travel to get their groceries – The average distance (one way & as the crow flies) was 100 km for people living in rural areas and 25 km for people in urban areas!

Check out the map below:

distance travelled

The idea of a regional food charter is to get communities, businesses, governments and decision makers to factor our food system into the by endorsing an non-legally binding charter. The clincher is that this charter comes with specific actions that eaters, growers, business & institutions and policy makers can take to create change!

Check out the example of the Guelf-Wellington food Charter and the super toolkit that goes with it. I bet many of these actions apply to your community and your daily choices too!

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This is a blog from the Food Action Committee of the Ecology Action Centre, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Join us as we document our experiments with sauerkraut, push for urban chickens, make giant batches of jam, and plant some seeds (both literally and figuratively). For more about what the Food Action Committee is working on, visit our website.


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