Towards an Integrated, Critical Approach to Municipal Food Systems Planning in Calgary, Alberta
Keywords:Food systems, Food systems planning, Food policy council, Inclusive governance, Food equity
In response to socioecological food systems concerns, municipalities—including the focus of this study, Calgary, Alberta—are increasingly integrating food systems into their planning processes and policies. This paper outlines the findings from a research initiative aimed to integrate food systems planning into a forthcoming revision of Calgary’s municipal-wide planning document to encourage a just, sustainable, and healthy food system for the city. The research methodology combines qualitative methods including a literature review to determine current food systems policy strategies and a case study approach to assess Calgary’s current food systems and policy context. Using a constant comparative approach to the data collected, three areas of recommendation emerged: the need for a systems approach to the integration of food planning within planning documents; a greater emphasis on inclusive governance practices and on critical equity approaches to food systems planning; and finally, a need for further resource allocation and evaluative processes.
Copyright: Institute of Urban Studies