Bigger is not always better when it comes to food safety. The push for food ‘safety’ may have paradoxically increased Canada’s food supply vulnerability by concentrating so much of our processing into so few operations.
British Columbia’s Special Committee on Timber Supply report provides some hope for integrated production options on public lands through greater emphasis on non-timber values in the timber supply decision process and proposed expansion in the type and form of area-based tenures.
As BC reviews options to increase timber supply in the wake of the mountain pine beetle epidemic, it must avoid kicking the timber supply can down the road and begin the transition from primarily relying on resources to relying on resourcefulness.
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s (AAFC) decision last week to axe its long-running shelterbelt program, is not only a set-back for agroforestry in Canada, but could also have severe short and long-term implications for the sustainability of Prairie agriculture.
The low adoption rate of agroforestry practices on public lands can be attribed to the lack of agroforestry tenures and the prevailing land use philosophy of managing conflicts, not integrating activities to create positive outcomes.