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    Farmland and Food Security

    Lantzville lawyers up in farm fight – Seeks to stop landowner from selling produce

    From the Nanaimo Daily News – June 18, 2011 by Walter Cordery The District of Lantzville has threatened Dirk Becker with legal action if he doesn’t stop using his 2.5-acre farm as a commercial enterprise. The distri...


    Site C Would Destroy Prime Farmland, Fuel Fracking & Tar Sands

    At a recent event in Vancouver, biologist and Peace Valley Environment Association representative Diane Culling discussed the enormous consequences of the proposed Site C Dam – including the flooding of prime farmland at ...



    Manitoba Premier Selinger launching campaign to save the Wheat Board – article & video

    From the Winnipeg Free Press – June 13, 2011 by Staff Writer Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is trying to enlist the public’s support in protesting Ottawa’s plan to eliminate the Canadian Wheat Board’s monopoly on gr...


    Aid Agency Warns Food Prices Set to Double

    From The Toronto Star – June 1, 2011 by Arthur Max – Associated Press AMSTERDAM—As food costs spike for the second time in three years, an international aid agency predicts the price of some staples such as corn w...



    Harold Steves – BC’s Patriarch of Farmland Preservation

    Harold Steves, co-founder of BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve, was honoured recently for his unparallelled contribution to protecting BC’s food security. Harold’s discovery in the late 1950s that his farm in the...


    Forbes Was Wrong On Monsanto. Really Wrong.

    From Forbes.com – April 21, 2011 by Robert Langreth Forbes made Monsanto the company of the year last year in The Planet Versus Monsanto.  I know because I wrote the article. Since then everything that could hav...



    Shades of Green: Food, Glorious Food

    The unfolding food crisis on the planet is a convincing argument for protecting local agricultural land, for encouraging small farms and for establishing backyard gardens. Indeed, global food security seems stressed as never be...


    Southlands Video Debacle Raises Questions of Public Process and Free Speech

    I grant that people have bigger things on their minds today – amid Japanese tsunamis and nuclear meltdowns – than a video about farmland in BC. Nevertheless, I feel it important to comment on a recent incident that ...



    Land Trust Offers to purchase the Southlands for $205 million

    This morning on CBC Radio during the “Early Edtion” hosted by Rick Cluff, an offer to purchase the Southlands for 205 million dollars was announced by Peter Cummings, Director of the BC Ecological Agricultural Trust...


    Delta Optimist: Council won’t watch video after getting legal advice

    From the Delta Optimist – March 9, 2011 by Sandor Gyarmati A 13-minute video has become the controversy within the controversy over the proposal to have the contentious Southlands placed back in the Agricultural Land Rese...