The economy of local food in Vancouver Hild, Chris
The food system within Metro Vancouver is responsible for feeding more than two million people on a daily basis. The region’s population is expected to grow substantially over the next thirty years, which means the system will need to keep pace. However, the region’s seasonal production limitations, coupled with demand for its horticultural products from around the globe, have created a system reliant on a predominantly imported food supply. Industrial conglomerates from California and Mexico enjoy significant cost, economies of scale and efficiency advantages over local producers. Further, they demand local buyers to accept supply on a year-round basis, which shifts power into the hands of imported producers. As a result, the food system’s dependency on imported food has made the local region less self-sufficient and places food security at risk.
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