We want to encourage a broad community conversation about food in the city. So every week until our Food in the City conference we are going to offer up a “juicy” question about food and agriculture.
Last week’s question explored the connection between food and healthy ecosystems. We received great comments that lead to a wonderful image of Edmontonians as healthy people living in healthy ecosystems, buying and eating healthy food.
This would seem to translate into a growing demand for local foods here in Edmonton and beyond. As the demand for local continues, the opportunities for local jobs and businesses grow.
We’re talking about everything from farming, processing, getting the food to the table, storing and warehousing, selling, marketing, cooking, and managing the waste. All of the opportunities in the various parts of the local food economy could create long-term jobs and community wealth for people in Edmonton and the region. Assuming this might all be true, then local food could add a lot of value to Edmonton.
But we’re not sure if there is a line up of entrepreneurs out there wanting to get into the local food market. When’s the last time we saw a potential farmer on Dragon’s Den?
So, our question to you this week is: What work or business opportunities would you be willing to pursue in the local food economy?
Join the conversation, post your comments, and share what you are thinking with others!