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Some	
  FACTS	
  about	
  Agriculture	
  in	
  the	
  
Fraser	
  Valley	
  

Vancouver	
  Food	
  Policy	
  Council,	
  Ja...
How	
  good	
  an	
  
agriculture	
  area	
  is	
  the	
  
Fraser	
  Valley?	
  
Really	
  good	
  soil,	
  abundant	
  
w...
Is	
  the	
  land	
  within	
  the	
  ALR	
  vacant	
  and	
  idle?	
  

Not	
  surveyed	
  -­‐	
  outside	
  
parcels	
  ...
How	
  much	
  land	
  would	
  we	
  need	
  in	
  the	
  ALR	
  in	
  the	
  Fraser	
  Valley	
  if	
  the	
  populaFon	...
Is	
  the	
  food	
  grown	
  here	
  more	
  expensive	
  than	
  imported	
  food?	
  
Is	
  there	
  an	
  age	
  crisis	
  in	
  farmers	
  in	
  BC?	
  
Are	
  farmers	
  doing	
  poorly	
  financially?	
  
Are	
  farmers	
  able	
  to	
  expand	
  their	
  farm	
  businesses	
  in	
  the	
  Fraser	
  Valley?	
  
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  1. 1. Some  FACTS  about  Agriculture  in  the   Fraser  Valley   Vancouver  Food  Policy  Council,  Jan  22,  2014  
  2. 2. How  good  an   agriculture  area  is  the   Fraser  Valley?   Really  good  soil,  abundant   water,  good  climate,  close  to   diverse  urban  populaFons   One  of  the  top   locaFons  in  the  world   for  greenhouse   vegetables,  small   berries,  mushrooms,   dairy   Over  200  commercial   products  grown   In  2011,  the  Fraser  Valley  produced  3.7%  of  all  of   Canada’s  gross  farm  receipts  on  0.16%  of  its  farmland  
  3. 3. Is  the  land  within  the  ALR  vacant  and  idle?   Not  surveyed  -­‐  outside   parcels   6%   Unavailable  for  farming  -­‐   land  use,  11%   Unavailable  for  farming  -­‐   land  cover,  4%   Available  &  potenFal  for   farming,  25%   Limited  potenFal  for   farming  ,  4%   Farming  support,  2%   Farmed,  48%  
  4. 4. How  much  land  would  we  need  in  the  ALR  in  the  Fraser  Valley  if  the  populaFon  of   Metro  Vancouver  were  to  be  more  food  self-­‐sufficient?   1400000   1200000   all  agriculture  land  needed  to  grow   enough  food  for  the  populaFon  of   Metro  Vancouver  including   rangeland,  dryland  crops  and   irrigated  land   1000000   hectares   800000   600000   all  land  with  access  to  irrigaFon   needed  to  grow  all  the  fruits  and   vegetables  required  for  the   populaFon  of  Metro  Vancouver   400000   200000   0   esFmate  of  all  agriculture  land  in   Metro  Vancouver  and  the  FVRD  
  5. 5. Is  the  food  grown  here  more  expensive  than  imported  food?  
  6. 6. Is  there  an  age  crisis  in  farmers  in  BC?  
  7. 7. Are  farmers  doing  poorly  financially?  
  8. 8. Are  farmers  able  to  expand  their  farm  businesses  in  the  Fraser  Valley?  

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