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Saskatoon Good Food Junction closure spurs healthy debate

As another food store readies to close, people debate pitfalls of finding health food in city's core neighbourhoods.

As another food store readies to close, people debate pitfalls of finding healthy food in city

Billions of dollars of food goes to waste in Canada every year. (CBC)

After 10 years of business in Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood, the Good Food Junction Co-operative will close on Jan. 27.

The healthy food co-op's board of directors said the decision came after three years of low sales in a competitive market.

The Good Food Junction will be closing its doors at the end of January. (Kathy Fitzpatrick/CBC)

The news comes during a week in which discussions about access to healthy food options are brewing. Earlier this week, the City Centre Food Cooperative held a pop-up grocery market at the Saskatoon Community Service Village.

The fruit and vegetable sale was a temporary way to deal with the lack of grocery access in the downtown core after the closure of the Shop Easy Grocery store in the City Park neighbourhood.

Many people said there needs to be a better food option in the area.

Others offered criticism.

Some pointed out that the core neighbourhood store was up against cheaper food options nearby.

According to the Food Institute at the University of Guelph, the average Canadian household will spend about $350 more on food in 2016.

The dropping dollar, which one investment bank predicts is heading for 59 cents US, is expected to leave shoppers with higher grocery bills.

Are you working to bring healthy food options to Saskatoon's core neighbourhoods? Let us know. Email sasknews@cbc.ca.

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Madeline Kotzer

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Madeline Kotzer is an award-winning Saskatchewan journalist and Social Media News Editor/Presenter for CBC Saskatchewan and CBC Saskatoon.

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