Comments on: Is social enterprise the key to the future of local food? The Voice of North Grenville Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Barclay Sat, 30 Dec 2017 19:10:08 +0000 We don’t have to look to far into the past to see how cooperatives were the primary drivers of profitable agricultural activity in Eastern Ontario. With the rise of large scale agri-business enterprises serving global markets in the last century, the cooperative model took a hit. Government funding can help animate and facilitate cooperative and other non-profits models of local food production and distribution but it can’t sustain them. That’s unworkable. Independent private actors are the foundation of any successful system – governments can only act as a catalyst for change; the change makers are those personally invested in their success.