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Market gardens won’t solve BC’s food challenges

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Feast and Famine Workshop. Source: Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC.

From the Vancouver Sun:

Ted van der Gulik, a former senior engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture who now is president of Partnership for Water Sustainability in B.C., said that protection of farmland — including from port-related development in South Delta — is far more important [than market gardens], along with finding ways to better use water and to bring more irrigation to lands not suitable for growing food.

“I support market gardens, they’re good,” he said. “It’s great to grow food in parking lots, having people grow their own food. Just don’t call them food security. You’re going against food security when you are putting in (to production) two one-acre parking lots and removing 150 hectares of land at the port … getting rid of the last large parcels of agricultural land that we have. The messaging is wrong.”

Continue reading the article here. 

ACT Senior Water Adviser Bob Sandford was the keynote speaker at this event. Bob is also co-author of ACT’s new book, “The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy, and Biodiversity in a Changing World.” Join us to launch our new book tonight: Thursday December 3rd at 6:00 pm, Teck Gallery at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St. 

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