Economics 2010- B.C. agriculture grossed $2.5 billion, lost $87 million B.C. lost 25% of its farms over last decade Agriculture can’t compete economically for land (despite the ALR) “Cumulatively B.C. [farming] is not a healthy industry” Garnet Etsell, Chair B.C. Agriculture Council Vancouver Sun, June 11, 2011
Agriculture contributes 10- 25 % ofGHG emissions- up to 50% for the whole agri-food system Moreau et al. 2011 B.C. provincial government mandate- all municipalities must reduce GHG emissions by 80% by 2050
Regional agri-food systems- maximize supplypredicated on ecology and environmental capacity of place Pre-production Production Indigenous foods Processing/ storage Distribution Sales Waste management
3 phases over 3 yearsPhase 1- resource and capacity assessmentPhase 2- design of food systemPhase 3- implementation plan development
Preliminary design directives Identify production and business opportunities Provide for indigenous foods Significantly enhance the regional economy Create good jobs Reflect diverse perspectives and needs Address critical environmental issues (GHGs, biodiversity, nitrate leaching) Maximize regional food self-reliance Strengthen regional communities
Stakeholder engagement critical in all phases Indigenous and non-indigenous communities and peoples Non- government organizations Municipal and Provincial Government Agri-food sector Business
A roadmap Clear Realistic Practical Doable Empirically based
Potentials fully delineated Contribution to regions economy Job creation SMS business opportunity Food self-reliance Ecological footprint reduction Community health and capital
The project team 25 investigators 7 universities Private sector collaborators Yukon and BC
Committed to full transparency Advisory committee Funders and funds use fully disclosed Study team, objectives, methodologies fully disclosed Ongoing status reports on ISH website All outcomes public domain/ open access
A 21st century, post-industrial vision A global network of regional agri-food systems
Our request of theVancouver Food Policy Council Endorsement of the project Assign a VFPC liaison Encourage the City of Vancouver to support the project
Questions1. How can the KPU Bio-regional Food System project advance the Vancouver Food Strategy and the Metro Regional Food System Strategy?2. What should a bio-regional food system be like and achieve?
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