Category Archives: Food economics

How to make urban food production economically sustainable

My thoughts, from the Food Talk series organized by Richard Wolack in Vancouver. Thanks for inviting me Richard.  

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Beyond “evil” food banks: Nick Saul coming to Vancouver

Nick Saul, Toronto-based co-author of The Stop: How the fight for good food transformed a community and inspired a movement, is coming to Vancouver to explore possibilities for a community food centre in the Vancouver area. He’ll be at the … Continue reading

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Making sustainability add up economically– new SFU course

Please join me at this Sustainable Economics workshop at Simon Fraser University: Sustainable Economics for the Real World Nov 1-2, 2013 9am-5:30pm $650 Instructor/speakers: Alexis Morgan, Global Water Roundtable, WWF; Peter Ladner, author (The Urban Food Revolution); Mark Pezarro, Earth … Continue reading

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In Jamaica, food security is becoming serious business

Local food and food security in North America are often described as elitist concerns for people who can afford to shop around and pay for local, fresh, quality food. As this New York Times story shows, in Jamaica, the soaring … Continue reading

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13 must-read books on food

I’m honoured to have my book on @Food_Tank’s list of 13 must-read books on food. Here’s their whole list: 1.    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan Michael Pollan takes back the “single most important thing [to] … Continue reading

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Unapproved GMO Monsanto wheat goes rogue

Unapproved GMO Monsanto wheat goes rogue in Oregon, prompting a lawsuit in Kansas. This USA Today story describes the implications for US trade with Europe and Asia: No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming. Many countries will … Continue reading

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Canada’s only farm-centred subdivision.

One of the more promising ways to put agriculture and food security on a more sustainable economic footing is using the proceeds of housing developments. When I researched this topic for my book (see chapter on “farming as the new … Continue reading

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High density high tech urban ag coming on strong

High density high tech urban ag is a growing solution to the problems of accessing fresh food year-round, with minimal water and waste. Think 5-mile diet.

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Responsible investment conference looks at food

I’ll be moderating a panel on investing in food at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference June 17-19 in Vancouver. #sioconf2013. I hope to see you there. I’ll be on Tuesday morning: Environment: Food Sustainability This session will explore some key … Continue reading

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Frank Guistra investing in high yield farmland

Mining and film financier and Bill Clinton buddy Frank Guistra is investing in high yield farmland, local food, award-winning olive oil and is bankrolling Modern Farmer Magazine… He knows something.  He has also put money into Vancouver’s Sole Food Farm. Serious, … Continue reading

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