ALR 2.0: How to make protected idle farmland productive

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the B.C. Agricultural Land Reserve, Metro Van is waking up to the lost potential of ag land that is used for non-agricultural purposes.

Bravo to Surrey Mayor Diane Watts for saying that people who own protected farmland should be farming it. In some European countries, farmland can only be purchased by qualified farmers.

A recent Metro Van survey found that “key barriers to farming more land appear to be an overall lack of interest, a perceived unsuitability of the land, and financial challenges to start up and make a profit. At the same time, those who are actively trying to expand their farm operations are finding themselves blocked by government red tape and a perceived lack of understanding or support for farm operations generally.”

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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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