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Plant-based meats: The economics

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

Vegetables are becoming increasingly common in an unusual place: the grocery store meat aisle.

Sales of alternative, or plant-based, meats are booming worldwide. Driven by skyrocketing demand from consumers striving to cut back on meat and companies facing increasing pressure to reduce their environmental footprint, the market is anticipated to reach $23.1 billion by 2025.

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Grocery shopping online could put farmers out of business

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

Grocery shopping online is convenient. A convenience farmers fear could put them out of business. 

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fish that rarely feeds British Columbians – they are exported

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

James Lawson catches fish. Fish that rarely feeds the B.C. coast. 

He’s not alone: Roughly 85 per cent of seafood caught in the province is exported, yet B.C. fish harvesters can’t get their catch to local markets — and the provincial government is doing little to change that in its plans to increase food security post-pandemic.

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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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