This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: “Protecting farmland ensures locals can produce their own food”
In this week’s Duel, Brent and I decided to take a look at this question: Is food security a valid goal for the Agricultural Land Reserve?
Brent’s wrote first this week and his column is a must read before you read mine below. http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/11/17/advocates-of-food-security-arent-doing-it-for-farmers
There is just so much to be said about why food security should be an important goal for the ALR, and clearly 400 words isn’t enough to get into the heart of the matter. But check out my response to Brent below:
After reading Brent’s column this week, it appears that he has become a victim of his own complaints.
While Brent makes a valid point that people tend to hear only what they want to hear — or read, as the case may be — a visit to the website for the B.C. Food Systems Network showed me that Brent is more than capable of doing exactly the same thing.
It’s pretty apparent to anyone who takes a few minutes to check out this site that the only thing that has been hijacked in this debate are a few select words and phrases Brent has snagged from their pages to weave an argument that holds no merit.
In fact, while Brent tries to paint a picture of food security being some kind of left-wing social movement, where the taxpayers are on the hook for free food for everyone, it’s anything but. And it is that twisted right-wing, pro-development presentation that makes the food security issue so important to the debate surrounding the protection of the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Agricultural Land Commission.
Food security is a global issue that includes not only each person’s ability to access food, but encompasses the ability of communities, regions and countries to produce their own food. The need to preserve and protect agricultural land is a vital component for any region’s food security. In B.C., agricultural land is being threatened on many different fronts…
READ the rest of this weeks column, vote and comment at http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/11/17/protecting-farmland-ensures-locals-can-produce-their-own-food
There will be a few stories coming this week, and I’ll be introducing you to a new cartoonist who will be sharing some political cartoons with us here on the site!