About us

Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) Partnership builds on more than five years of evolving research partnerships with over seventy Canadian and International participants.

The FLEdGE project is supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



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Who we are

Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged is a research and knowledge sharing partnership. We are committed to fostering food systems that are socially just, ecologically regenerative, economically localized & that engage citizens.

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What we do

We use research partnerships to explore the current and potential role of community food initiatives to act as pillars of regional, sustainable transformation. Our guiding themes for this work are integration, scaling up and innovative governance.
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Our host

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems addresses interconnected environmental, social and economic challenges facing the global food system. Food systems are an effective lens for understanding and acting on some of the most pressing issues facing communities, including growing global food insecurity. Food can act as a vehicle for change. School snack programs that purchase fruit directly from local producers who use low impact farming methods make the connections between human, community, economic and ecological well being more explicit.

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