• Estevan Leopoldo de Freitas Coca São Paulo State University - Unesp
  • Ricardo César Barbosa Júnior Federal University of Goiás (UFG) Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás (PUC­-Goiás)



local food, food systems, food sovereignty, institutional markets, Metro Vancouver.


This paper interprets the Metro Vancouver food localization movement, thorough the lens of the second generation of food sovereignty, with the objective of exploring its economic dimensions. First we promote a theoretical discussion of food sovereignty explaining that it started in a rural setting of the global south as a means to contest the international neoliberal trade system, and how it has adapted in the global north to incorporate consumers. We then discuss the contradictions between British Columbia’s and Metro Vancouver’s food systems. In sequence, we present the results from interviews of the movement’s stakeholders, offering a qualitative analysis. Our findings demonstrate that there are several economic consequences, identifying: i) farmer markets as currently the most significant channel for the commerce of local foods and how they have been responsible for (re)approximating food producers and consumers; also, ii) institutional markets as a next step that can represent a true democratization of good food.

Author Biographies

Estevan Leopoldo de Freitas Coca, São Paulo State University - Unesp

Geography PhD student at São Paulo State University (Unesp), Presidente Prudente-SP. Worked as Visiting International Research Student at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver, Canada. Majored in Geography (2008) and master in Geography (2011) in the FCT / Unesp. Research Assistant at Research and Agrarian Reform Project (NERA), and also a member of the editorial board of the Journal NERA. Has experience in the field of Geography, in particular on the following topics: food sovereignty, agrarian reform, rural settlements and public policy.

Ricardo César Barbosa Júnior, Federal University of Goiás (UFG) Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás (PUC­-Goiás)

Majoring in International Relations from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), is a research assistant at the Center for Global Studies (NEG) and volunteer researcher with the Group for International and Comparative Studies (GEIC) and Research Program Activism in Comparative Perspective (PROLUTA) thereof. Majoring in Law from the Catholic University of Goiás (PUC­-GO), is PIBIC­/CNPq fellow-researcher at the Center for Study and Research of the Department of Legal Sciences (NEPJUR) from the same institution.


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How to Cite

Coca, E. L. de F., & Barbosa Júnior, R. C. (2016). RE-APPROXIMATING FOOD PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS IN METRO VANCOUVER. Dimensión Empresarial, 14(1), 11-26.