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Food systems refers to all of the steps that go into food production, from the seed to the plate to the landfill. These interconnected systems encompass all of the different stakeholders, including farmers, consumers, the environment, and corporations responsible for all kinds of steps in the process. Food systems are one of the most crucial sectors to overhaul in the coming decades as they contribute a third of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture also consumes 70 percent of global freshwater each year. It’s also responsible for 80 percent of the world’s deforestation. Meanwhile, while we produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet, 783 million people still go hungry. Climate shocks are one of the driving causes of this lack of access, as well as economic inequality and conflict. 

Food systems in Canada need a big overhaul as well. About 60 percent of all the food produced in Canada is wasted, and the sector accounts for about 10 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers in Canada are going to face increasing threats from climate change, including wildfires, droughts, and variable weather conditions, so finding ways to adapt will be crucial for food security.


The industrial agricultural system, characterized by large monocrop farming operations, is highly unsustainable, leading to rapid soil degradation and a host of other environmental harms. However, many alternatives exist that are better both for people and the planet. Agroecology, for example, is an approach to farming that takes into account the complex interrelationships between human beings, plants, animals, and the wider environment to ensure that all can exist harmoniously together. It also recognizes the need for socially equitable food systems that take into account how food is produced, by whom, and who has access to it. 

Indigenous food systems are another important pathway to a more sustainable future. Indigenous peoples already steward 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity, and their agricultural practices have proven to be resilient and sustainable against climate shocks. Learning from these practices and positioning Indigenous peoples as the leaders of food systems transformation is a key part of moving forward. Conventional farmers can also make big steps to change such as reducing harmful pesticide use, change tilling practices, and include buffer zones on their land to protect biodiversity. 

Other actions, like reducing food waste, addressing global poverty, and moving away from our meat-centric diets, all have important roles to play in building a food system that can feed everyone on the planet without damaging the environment. 

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  • Sundance Harvest – An urban agriculture and social enterprise organization in Canada focused on sustainable farming practices, food justice, and community engagement.
  • Indigenous food systems network – A network fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among Indigenous communities to revitalize and strengthen traditional food systems.
  • Ojibiikaan – A non-profit organization working to promote Indigenous food sovereignty initiatives and the revitalization of traditional agricultural practices.
  • La Via Campesina – An international movement representing small-scale farmers and peasants advocating for food sovereignty, social justice, and sustainable agriculture.
  • ETC Group – A Canadian organization addressing the social and environmental impacts of new technologies on agriculture, biodiversity, and food systems.
  • SeedChange Canada – A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting biodiversity, seed sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture through community-based seed programs.
  • Regeneration Canada – A non-profit organization promoting regenerative agriculture and land management practices to address environmental and social challenges.
  • Young Agrarians – A network supporting and connecting young farmers, promoting sustainable agriculture, and fostering the next generation of food producers. A non-profit organization in Canada working to cultivate a local, sustainable food system by supporting small-scale farmers and connecting urban consumers with local food.
  • FarmFolk/CityFolk – A non-profit organization in Canada working to cultivate a local, sustainable food system by supporting small-scale farmers and connecting urban consumers with local food.
  • Neighbours United – An organization focused on community-building and sustainable agriculture initiatives, fostering collaboration between neighbours for shared food production and security.
  • For more, check out ClimateScape’s list of food and agriculture organizations
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Toronto Environmental Alliance
Future Ground Network


Zero Food Waste Foundation


Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF)

No known openings

Cuso International


UBC Farm


Second Harvest


World Food Programme


Food Tank


Young Agrarians

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Disclaimer: Certain organizations on this list don't have sustainability as their core purpose, but they have been included because they have strong commitments and recognition for their efforts. For these organizations, only open positions directly contributing to sustainability initiatives or departments will be listed.

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Réseau Environnement

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  • This report provides a helpful toolkit, case studies, and tips for BIPOC/BAME youth to develop self-knowledge, prepare for job hunting, increase their competence, build sustainability experience, and nurture well-being.
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