Organic food visionary stung by city rules

Nature’s Path Organic Cereals co-owner Arran Stephens has paid $30,000 in fines to the city for beautifying his property. See the full story here

The scene of the $32,000 “crime”: Arran Stephens’ yard after removing dead and diseased trees to allow for replanting.

All he wanted to do was clean up one of the messiest yards in the city. Distracted by a kidney transplant operation that nearly cost him his life, he neglected to get a city permit.

The house and property have been so beautifully restored he has won an award for the best heritage restoration of the year.

The worst thing about this story is that many local media jumped on it by painting Stephens as a rich hypocrite who loves organics but secretly hates trees, or something– even though most of the trees he removed were dead or previously condemned by the city, and he replanted more than he removed.

What they have never reported is that he is completely  dedicated to the cause of organic growing and eating (he has just written a book on it).

And he has just planted a huge organic garden and orchard at a nearby property he is renovating.

Most of it he planted a lot of it himself. The food he grows– like the food he grows at the Science of Spirituality Meditation and Ecology Centre and Nature’s Path headquarters in Richmond, B.C.– will mostly be donated.

Arran Stephens in his new backyard farm. Nature’s Path is donating $500,000 to the fight for open labelling of GMOs in California


About Urban Food Revolution

Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver city councilor, Metro Vancouver vice-chair and business owner who is currently a weekly columnist at Business in Vancouver newspaper and a regular contributor to, a Seattle-based online news service. He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way we Feed Cities, published by New Society in November, 2011. For the past two years he has been a Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue researching, teaching and organizing public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He has a lifelong interest in growing food. As a city councilor, he worked with the Vancouver Food Policy Council in initiating the city’s program to add 2010 food-producing community garden plots by 2010. He is vice-chair of the The Natural Step Canada, part of an international organization that advances sustainability in communities and corporations. He has a B.A. from UBC and did graduate work at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning. He and his wife Erica have four adult children.
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One Response to Organic food visionary stung by city rules

  1. Marylouise Graney says:

    Organic foods are the best since they dont contain so many toxins compared to synthetic feed foods which might contain melamin and some contamination chemical preservatives. ::.**

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