Category Archives: Food

Election 2020: Richmond’s rich agricultural land

By Hannah Scott, Richmond Sentinel, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Richmond’s rich agricultural land is an asset the community holds dear. There are farms nestled in all corners of the city, but nowhere is more replete with agricultural land than the city’s east side, within the Richmond-Queensborough riding.

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California growers need to test for E. coli

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

Unprecedented federal import restrictions on romaine lettuce and salad mixes from California’s Salinas Valley point to problems in the U.S. agricultural system that supplies British Columbians with more than half their fresh vegetables, Canadian food safety researchers say.

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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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Surge Narrows grocery delivery program

This is a Cortes Currents news update, broadcast over Cortes Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM and funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative

The grocery delivery program’s origins go back to October 2019. A North Rendezvous Island resident, Judith Wright, organized a group run for four or five families every two weeks. After COVID hit, close to half of the permanent residents of the Rendezvous, Read, Maurelle, and Sonora Islands took advantage of the SRD Delivers program to have their groceries delivered every week for three months. While the funding ended in mid July, the Surge Narrows grocery delivery program proved to be so effective that it continues today. 

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