Files for BC's New Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham Jul 12 '18

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Files for BC's New Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham Jul 12 '18

Hopefully the NDP claws back all the land, and adds even more land, that has been released by the ALR since Dave Barrett's government initiated it in the seventies.

http://www.westerninvestor.com/news/opinion/what-will-greendp-government...

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Woo! Hoo!

Farmland reforms ahead for NDP government

ALR ‘zone two’ on the way out, Lana Popham says

 

Getting rid of the two-zone Agricultural Land Reserve is just one of the changes in the works for the NDP government, along with serving B.C. produce in hospitals and restoring a province-wide Buy B.C. marketing program.

The second zone of the land reserve to allow additional land uses outside the development-intensive areas of the Lower Mainland, southern Vancouver Island and the Okanagan is a failed experiment, Agriculture Minister Lana Popham told Black Press in an interview.

http://www.100milefreepress.net/business/farmland-reforms-ahead-for-ndp-...

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Alexandra Morton: B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham is right about fish farms

https://www.straight.com/news/986946/alexandra-morton-bc-agriculture-min...

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The Argument over Where to Put ‘Agri-Tech’ Zones

In the name of food security, BC proposes whittling away Agricultural Land Reserve farmland. Opposition is sprouting.

The province is working to carve out new industrial zones for agricultural technology, saying the goal is better food security. But farmers, land-use experts and former NDP ministers are all raising concerns over the proposed location of this emerging agri-industry — on the arable soil of the Agricultural Land Reserve.

 

Last month, deputy minister of agriculture Wes Shoemaker was appointed head of a new effort to establish agri-industrial zones, “as recommended by” the BC NDP government’s Food Security Task Force, said an internal email obtained by The Tyee.

The recommendation, one of four in a new report titled “The Future of B.C.’s Food System,” is to convert up to 0.25 per cent of the Agricultural Land Reserve into agri-industrial zones.

Population growth and climate change may make agri-tech — which supports the production, processing and distribution of food — increasingly necessary. But proponents of the ALR warn about eliminating soil-based food production on 11,500 hectares of land. That’s the size of Vancouver.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/06/12/Argument-Agri-Tech-Zones/