The Eat Where You Live research study commenced in the spring of 2007 with a grant of $13,100 from the Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance (WIRA), one of the partner organizations in the Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan Regional Node of the Social Economy Suite. The goal of the study was to learn as much as possible about food security concerns in the inner cities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — areas characterized by low incomes, multifaceted social problems, racial divisions, and dependence on emergency food. They have also been termed “food deserts” — neighbourhoods where access to good food at affordable prices is signiﬁcantly lower than in other parts of the city. We wanted to ﬁnd out whether community economic development initiatives and improved access to local food could alleviate the food security concerns of low-income, inner-city residents.
Eat Where You Live: Building a Social Economy of Local Food in Western Canada