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Institutional Food Purchasing

Strengthening academic institutions policy and practices that support island agriculture

  • How can Island  academic institutions improve purchasing policies and practices to benefit local agriculture?
  • How can lessons learned and opportunities be transferred to other public institutions?

Institutional Purchasing: Final Report

This report provides a path forward for increased local food security through institutional procurement of local food and agriculture products.  This report is a collaboration involving community and academics, and draws on information gathered from post-secondary institutions, distributors, community organizations and farmers.  The benefits of institutional local food purchasing are outlined, including benefits to institutions, farmers, and the general public;  the resulting increase in local food production, procurement and consumption having a positive impact on rural economies, the environment, and Vancouver Island food security.

Download the final report. (2.3MB PDF)