Exploring the potential for increasing food security, local economic development, and environmental sustainability in Canada
Employing a community-based research approach this project will explore the potential cellular agriculture (CA) has for enhancing and contributing to local food security, economic development, and sustainability in Canadian Communities.
CA refers to an emerging set of technologies for producing local, reliable dairy and meat alternatives with low environmental footprints, and the potential to operate in a variety of industrial, urban and rural spaces, and communities. This project will engage local and regional government, NGOs, industry, and community members to explore social, environmental, and economic opportunities and challenges around developing a plan for a local CA industry. This plan will provide a roadmap for developing a CA industry in a manner that aligns with local values and objectives, and if implemented could contribute to local food security and economic development.
This project will inform further details of developing a potential CA pilot project in the Fraser Valley. Research findings will be shared with Canadian communities outside of the Fraser Valley in the interest of increasing understanding of opportunities and challenges of developing a CA industry across Canada.