Sponsors: Cariboo Regional District
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS food security is becoming a critical issue, and agriculture producers in British Columbia have faced numerous financial challenges including Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), drought, loss of agricultural land for non-agricultural uses, and the loss of rangeland through forest fires, making it non-profitable to produce food locally;
AND WHEREAS other western provinces in Canada have developed and implemented comprehensive agriculture policies to assist local food producers financially in light of the challenges they face:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Province of British Columbia to develop a comprehensive agriculture policy similar to those in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta which includes fair compensation to our food producers and that the federal and provincial governments work with food producers to assist them in accessing existing federal and provincial government programs designed to support food producers.