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Do you support the Agricultural Land Reserve in British Columbia?

A plan is afoot to pave over almost 600 acres of the most high-quality and best-located agricultural land in the province.

We need your help to stop this.

Our provincial and federal politicians must publicly commit to protect farmland in Delta. In particular, the prime agricultural land close to Deltaport is in peril.

It is true that farming this fertile soil will create far less profits in the short-term than using the land as a transfer station for port container traffic.

But of course that is not the point.

We expect our elected representatives to work for the long-term good.

Protecting the small amount of precious delta farmland that remains is profoundly important to our long-term food security. We need to balance competing interests. There are other locations for port development and other ways to strengthen international trade. There is no need to sell off our farmland.

Watch this short video for my perspective of what is going on and what needs to happen.


What can you do?

  1. Email your MLA with a simple request: show you will preserve the ALR by protecting the farmland near the Deltaport.
  2. Sign the petition created by Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington.
Thank you!

Lana.

Lana Popham
Saanich South MLA & Opposition Critic for Agriculture, BC New Democrats

PS. Only five per cent of British Columbia's land base is productive farmland and British Columbia produces only about half as much food as we consume, with fruits and vegetables being in particularly short supply. According to the latest report from the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, if we continue business as usual, the world will need at least 50 per cent more food by 2030, which is why it is so important to safeguard the province's food supply.