But here is what "food security" fanatics say:
The state of the world is unstable in many ways - environmental, climate change, resource shortages, financial crisis and wars. Confronted with any given variable or combination thereof, we will still need to eat or we will face the same fate as thousands in third world countries who die daily from lack of food.
It is always worth repeating that Vancouver Island imports 95% of its food supply. A catastrophe will empty store shelves in three days. An earthquake or rise in sea level can render the airport and ferries unusable. Then what?
Interest in gardening will peak because it will no longer be a hobby or therapy, but a matter of survival, but will come too late to ward off starvation for those with nothing growing - a recipe for disaster. This is not fear mongering just as New Orleans preparing for hurricanes is not fear mongering.
We can always hope nothing happens in our lifetime to disturb the status quo, but every day that looks less likely, so an adequate food supply has to be part of any community emergency planning.
Many people don’t know that BC, a world renowned hot spot of marine and biological diversity with some of the best growing conditions in Canada, is food insecure. In fact, it’s the most food insecure province in the country, with the highest use of food box programs in Canada. Even the rocky provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland are more food secure.
Currently on Vancouver Island we produce only about 4% of the food we consume. There are only 3 days' worth of fresh food on the Island to feed its populace in the non-summer months. With rising fuel costs, climate change and the constant threat of recession, it is imperative that Islanders look to their local farmers and start supporting their initiatives.
So I think what you are saying, nerka, is that food security is about long-term shortages, not the 3-day disruption from say, an earthquake. You refer to longer-term disruption, like global war I guess.
If global war is the concern, then certainly we need to get Vancouver Island to 100% food secure, not 4%. And YES, we need to produce all our pharmaceuticals.
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