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Food Banks working overtime

Editor’s note: While both the Cortes and Quadra Island Food Banks recently stated the local situation is under control, demand is expected to increase this fall.

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Mounds of mangoes and pallets of peanut butter sit on a monochrome concrete floor.

They’re islands of sustenance, dwarfed in the Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s cavernous warehouse — and a fraction of the roughly 40,800 kilograms of food that pass through the distribution center each week, explained the organization’s CEO, David Long.

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Farmers Who Can’t Afford A Farm

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Yuko Suda is a farmer. A farmer who can’t afford a farm. Instead, she rents her land, an increasingly common practice for new farmers across B.C. — one she worries won’t be sustainable. It’s an issue facing most young farmers in the province, and it threatens both their livelihoods and Canadians’ long-term access to food.   

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Temporary Farm Workers Don’t Have Access To Adequate Health Care

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Every summer, thousands of migrant farm workers flock to B.C. bearing painkillers and antibiotics. These personal pharmacies reflect workers’ concerns they won’t have access to adequate health care in the province, despite working in one of B.C.’s most dangerous  — and essential — industries. It’s a situation advocates say puts farm workers at risk despite government assurances the system is working. 

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