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Introducing our new farmland campaign!

Why Sierra Club BC is working with farmers to protect agricultural land.

 

November 2023

Did you know that British Columbia is losing 600 hectares of agricultural land per year?

Only a small portion of B.C.’s total landmass is suitable for agriculture, and less than half of the province’s protected agricultural land is actually used for farming.

Land used to grow food in B.C. is a limited resource that is frequently targeted by developers, investors, and other non-farming interests. These competing pressures have driven farmland prices up to record highs. They have also led to a severe decline in the soil quality, impacting B.C.’s food sovereignty.

So, what does this have to do with Sierra Club BC?

Healthy topsoil is by far the most biodiverse material on the planet: a single teaspoon of it contains up to 6 billion microorganisms. But more importantly, a thriving and sustainable agricultural sector is incredibly important if we want to build more resilient communities across the province.

The COVID-19 pandemic taught us how easily supply chains can be broken. With increasing climate impacts and ongoing conflicts around the world, food sovereignty has never been more important. This is why Sierra Club BC and the National Farmers Union (NFU) are joining forces to work on protecting B.C.’s farmland and ensuring the next generation of farmers can keep putting food on everyone’s tables.

Introducing SCBC’s new farmland committee organizer, Kirstin Pulles.

In the last few weeks, Kirstin has been working closely with the NFU’s BC Farmland Committee to develop a provincial campaign for farmland protection.

And this November, Kirstin is heading to the National Farmers Union’s annual convention in Ottawa, where she will be meeting with MPs, strengthening our connections, and developing ideas to protect sustainable, local farms across B.C.

Get involved with the farmland campaign

There is more to come! But if you are excited about advocating for policies that protect farmland and support food sovereignty in the province, sign up to get updates on the farmland campaign.