I think I should state, right up front, that I am not an expert in food security issues. I offer these responses as a starting point for continued dialogue with food security advocates in Kamloops. I am certainly willing to grow in my beliefs on this critical issue.
What do you believe are priority actions for improving and maintaining the sustainability of all aspects of Kamloops’ food systems?
I believe priority actions could include the following: creation of edible landcapes and community gardens, especially in the more fertile valley bottom; support for community kitchens which build community while producing healthy, affordable meals; supporting the health of farmer’s markets; and linking Venture Kamloops more into promoting a local food economy.
What do you see as the responsibility of municipal governments regarding food security?
Municipal governments can enact land use regulations that facilitate food security, can lead by example by implementing food security initiatives into city hall operations, can support the work of the Kamloops Food Policy Council, and can lobby other levels of government on food security issues.
Please desribe an action you take or have taken to promote food security in Kamloops.
I provided input into the 2006 community food action plan and have met with food security advocates to learn about the issues. I have volunteered over the years with the food bank.
What procedures does the City of Kamloops currently have in place to monitor the status of community’s food security? Do you feel these measures are adequate?
I am not sure what procedures the City of Kamloops currently has in place. I commit to find out.
What is your understanding of the following terms: food security; food sovereignty; public produce; community gardens; community kitchens; urban agriculture?
Food Security – “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life” (World Food Summit, 1996)
Food Sovereignty – “ Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty)
Public Produce – produce from a garden that is open to anyone, beyond those who have planted and grown the produce.
Community Garden – a garden which offers plots to community members so that they can grow food for themselves.
Community Kitchens – a program through which people come together to cook affordable and healthy food. There is also often an educational component which helps people learn how to make such food. Often, also, a place to discuss community news and views.
Urban agriculture – agriculture within city limits.
What is your position on the use of pesticides in agriculture?
I believe non-cosmetic use of pesticides in agriculture is a reasonable use.