Cultural Diversity in Food Policy

Cultural Diversity in Food Policy

Project Team

Colin Dring, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Hannah Wittman, Professor, Academic Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Tori Ostenso, MSc, Faculty of Land and Food Systems


Fulbright Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Vancouver Foundation, & Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm


About the Project

Cultural Diversity in Food Policy was a collaborative effort between the Richmond Food Security Society, the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, and the Vancouver Foundation. This project, which took place over the summer and fall of 2015 in Richmond, engaged in a community consultation with multicultural residents and Vancouver Coastal Health staff, exploring food security issues, programs, and services. The study examined community interest in how to most effectively enhance food security among this population and proposed future research areas and questions. The team’s methodology included focus groups with 46 Richmond residents and health agency staff, attempting to start collective conversations around predetermined topics. The study centered around sub-topics of food security including food availability and access, social and cultural concerns, health concerns, knowledge of food programs and services, and food production.


External Links and Publications

Full Report Summary

Public Access and Community Gardens:Navigating Shared Food Spaces in the City


Banner Photo Credit: iHK Kwun Tong Shui Wo Street Market Dried Goods Shop, (c) MutHwaBC, used under GNU Free Documentation License