Food Systems Public Opinion Poll

2014

In 2014, we partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and commissioned a public opinion study on food systems in BC. The purpose was to inform discussion and decisions on the future of the ALR, a provincial land-use zone that protects farmland and land with potential to be farmed.

In 2014, we partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and commissioned a public opinion study on food systems in BC. The purpose was to inform discussion and decisions on the future of the ALR, a provincial land-use zone that protects farmland and land with potential to be farmed.

Results included:

  • 95% of respondents say the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) should be preserved for green space and growing food.
  • 76% either agree or strongly agree that the ALR is important, not only for protecting farms, but also for protecting valleys and green space needed for wildlife habitat and recreational enjoyment.
  • 80% are concerned about dependence on other countries for our food security.
  • 73% say the ALR is a cornerstone of food security and the BC economy.
  • When asked what priority uses for land in British Columbia were, respondents identified "natural freshwater systems" (83%), closely followed by "farming and growing food" (81%).

The online poll of 1,704 British Columbia residents was conducted in July 2014 and can be found here.