Time to question food security

There is a lot of huffing and puffing these days about equality.

There is a lot of huffing and puffing these days about equality.

A cartoon on Facebook put it in perspective for me.

The first panel  showed three men standing on boxes  in front of a  solid fence. The  boxes were of equal  height. The men weren’t.

The tall man  towered over the fence top and  had a good view of the other side.

The  middle-sized man’s head  and shoulders cleared the fence top nicely but the short man wasn’t even close, all he saw  was fence.  This panel was labelled Equality.  The next panel showed the same three men, same boxes and fence, but the  tall man was standing on the ground, his box had been  put on top of the short man’s box. Now all three could see equally well.

This  panel was labelled Justice.

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We British Columbians rely on California  for 30 per cent of our veggies and fruit,  so the state’s drought is affecting its production and our prices.

The  cost of  imported produce  has risen  six  to ten per cent in the past year  according to recent reports, and economic  experts believe they could climb another 20 per cent  this year.

Some  predict a head of California broccoli could soon be $7 a pound.

What can we do about it?

Well, studies say we could be self supporting if we brought  240,000  more acres of prime irrigated land into production.  We have the  land. We have  water and  the climate. What we don’t have is the will.

We prefer to industrialize farmland, like flooding thousands of acres of prime farmland in the Peace River for Site C to produce electricity we don’t  even need.

Food Security isn’t high  on the  provincial government’s agenda but there is nothing stopping  local governments from making it a priority here.

What do our  candidates  for city, CRD and school board have to say on the matter?

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.