B.C. food group asks Victoria to delay Bill 24
The provincial government has made changes to the Agricultural Land Commission, including allowing “value-added farming activities” on farmland that some critics fear could turn into industrial changes like this oil rig and an oil pump jack on a farm in rural North Dakota. (REUTERS)
The British Columbia Food Systems Network has asked the provincial government to delay passage of the controversial Bill 24 until broader consultation is conducted.
The sustainable food group, made up of farmers, fishers, chefs, indigenous people and others, said Energy Minister Bill Bennett has not given Agricultural Minister Norm Letnick the time he needs to fully consult on the bill.
Bill 24 would make changes to the Agricultural Land Commission that many say will be detrimental to farming in the province.
The BCFSN said the bill was designed without advice from the ALC itself or food and farm organizations.