On large volumes of imports will continue
B.C. should produce its own food
From 1991 to 2011, vegetable crop production in B.C. fell by 20.4%. The authors call on B.C. to become more self-reliant on food products. The region is fully capable of producing its own fruits and vegetables.
While it is true that grocery retailers have access to worldwide distribution systems that give them access to foods from virtually anywhere, the authors explain that water supplies are dwindling in most parts of the world.
According to the report:
“As water becomes scarce in more regions and climate becomes more variable, a system based on any substantive way on large volumes of imports will continue to be vulnerable and more unpredictable, with food price spikes a likely result.”
Vancity says California’s drought could be a wake up call that B.C. needs to become more self-sufficient and secure regarding its food supply.
It quotes a recent poll that found that 92% of British Columbians believe it is ‘very important’ to them that B.C. produces enough food so that the region does not have to depend on imports from other places. Eighty percent said they are worried about food security.