“Food security for Vancouver Island will require a major shift in the way we are managing our agriculture lands today," states Ted van der Gulik, President of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
“We will elaborate on what it will take to obtain food security for Vancouver Island. How much land would we need, and how much needs to be irrigated to achieve that level of production. Is it even possible? The Agriculture Land Use Inventory and the Agriculture Water Demand Model provide the Province and local governments with an informed and reliable basis for generating answers to these questions. The land use inventory is one of the data inputs for the Agriculture Water Demand Model. On the east coast of Vancouver Island, three local governments are leading by example through their participation in this program, namely: Cowichan Valley Regional District, Comox Valley Regional District and the Regional District of Nanaimo,” states Ted van der Gulik.