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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