In the here and now, Wes Regan, founding Director of Vancouver’s Urban Farming Society, confirms the trend to re-localize food is a complex issue.
“It’s a paradigm shift thinking about the role of food and where it comes from. That’s why there are so many interwoven pieces to the conversation,” he states. “Food for community connectivity, food to be self-sustaining, food justice and access, and then of course the entrepreneurs who want to make a living growing it. We’re directly challenging military-industrial food system philosophies, transforming what we’ve inherited.” Regan says visibility and food being grown in high profile locations throughout Vancouver is promoting an increased level of support and mainstream appreciation for a participatory food economy.
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