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    Farmland and Food Security

    Vertical Farming: Does it Really Stack Up?

    From The Economist – Dec 9, 2010 WHEN you run out of land in a crowded city, the solution is obvious: build upwards. This simple trick makes it possible to pack huge numbers of homes and offices into a limited space such ...


    Farmlands on the Brink: Tsawwassen’s Southlands

    Hemmed in by Delta to the east, Point Roberts to the south and the Salish Sea to the west, Southlands is a 538-acre farm that has been in the middle of a tug-of-war between developers and farmland defenders for nearly four deca...



    The Tyee: Welcome to Farm School

    “The agriculture that we should bring about substantially is local scale, human intensive, ecologically sound,” says Dr. Kent Mullinix from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The director of Sustainable Agri-food Syst...


    Tourism Threatens Water Security in Okanagan

    Article by Remy Scalza in BC Business. “The need for wineries to conserve has never been more acute. On the heels of a drought last year, the South Okanagan is anticipating another dry summer. For the second consecutive y...



    B.C.’s shellfish industry can’t aid oil spill recovery

    Story by Claire Ogilvie in The Province. “West Coast oyster farmers are fielding calls from farmers on the Gulf of Mexico as the work begins to replace the shellfish breeding beds damaged by the massive oil spill. “...


    Probe launched into university’s research funding

    Article in The Province. “The president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University has launched a review of the school’s decision to accept a $50,000 research fee from the Century Group at the same time the school was promoting...



    University Gets Caught Lobbying for Developer – Now Wants to Investigate Itself

    The recent revelation that Richmond-based Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been acting as a paid lobbyist (though they eschew that label) for a highly contentious billion-and-a-half dollar real estate development atop farmla...


    Europe’s New Approach to Biotech Food

    Article by James Kanter in the New York Times. “the European Commission will formally propose giving back to national and local governments the freedom to decide whether to grow crops that many Europeans still call Franke...



    Urban gardens growing

    Article by Derek Moscato in Metro. “Last week, the garden of which I am a recently minted member, Queen Mary Community Garden, opened to much fanfare on the North Shore. The garden is a major success — and has become an...


    Farmed salmon arrive in Ottawa (Norway, British Columbia VII)

    Article with audio clip from Deconstructing Dinner on Kootenay Co-op Radio, including Craig Orr, Alexandra Morton, Dr. Larry Dill, and Fin Donnelly. Read and listen