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ALR Loss: The Story so Far

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I recently published a paper with Dr. Denver Nixon of Oxford University that gives a sweeping overview of ALR protection in our corner of the world over the last four decades. The full paper is available in Land Use Policy, but as academic papers are notoriously hard for non-academics to access, I decided a short summary was in order. This …

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Agriculture and Health

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Want to be healthy? Live near healthy food! Sometimes, it’s hard to have a healthy diet. You might be stuck in an airport, or in a part of town with lots of fast food. Here in BC we are blessed with abundant productive farmland, and can buy fresh healthy food at the grocery store, at the farm stand, and at …

Changes to the ALR: An exercise in bad timing

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Agriculture in California is in trouble.  Nearly 95% of the state is in a severe drought condition, and 71% is in an extreme or exceptional drought condition. Farmers are leaving fields unplanted as there simply isn’t water to raise a crop. As the drought drags on, farmers are going bankrupt, and recovery to pre-drought levels is beginning to look unlikely. …

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Fruit wines, and the changing face of farming

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I’m happy to announce and publicize the launch of Modern Agriculture Magazine, a new initiative out of our own Fraser Valley that features, among other things, an article on fruit wines written by me. But what is really interesting about this new magazine, my take on fruit wines aside, is that it presents the changing face of farming; many of …

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Abbotsford annual farm tour

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I had the privilege of participating in this year’s Agriculture Bus Tour sponsored by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, and it was an exciting and eye-opening demonstration of why Abbotsford is the agricultural capital of Canada. Farming and agribusiness provides over eleven thousand jobs in the region, and adds 1.8 billion dollars each year to the local economy. What is …

Economics and the Locavore’s Dilemma: Comparative advantage, relative advantage and local food

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A number of people have asked me to write further about Pierre Desrocher’s “Locavore’s Dilemma”, particularly with respect to the economics of local food. In particular I’ve been asked about comparative advantage, which is a key point of Dr. Desrocher’s argument. Can’t this principle be disproven? Surely it doesn’t work in the real world? Well, the truth is comparative advantage …