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Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance

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Although the global industrial food system provides much of the food we eat, there are concerns over its sustainability for food producers, the environment, and local economies.  Manitoba continues to experience family farm bankruptcies, the contamination of Aboriginal food sources, and high rates of poverty and food insecurity.  Many urban, rural, and northern communities have poor access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food.

What Are the Alternatives?

In light of these issues, people are developing alternative food systems that provide local, fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate, fairly produced and affordable food (food security).  Many want to have control over food systems and to play an active role in providing their own food (food sovereignty).  Alternative food systems can take many different forms such as direct marketing or community supported agriculture farms, community kitchens and gardens, and traditional hunting, trapping, or fishing.  We are excited about promoting these alternative food systems in urban, rural, and northern Manitoba and hope that you join us.

Who Are We?

The Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance is composed of universities and community organizations across Manitoba.  Our funding is used to support community projects, students, and networking opportunities such as conferences and workshops.