The BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) was formed in 1999 and incorporated in 2004.  Its 300-plus individual members include farmers, health practitioners, educators, and consumers across the province.  It links and facilitates food security activities between over 20 community-based food security organizations and Food Policy Councils.

Retaining agricultural land for a food secure future

UPDATE: On March 27th, the BC Government introduced Bill 24, proposing to divide the ALR into 2 zones, with the aim of opening “Zone 2″ in the North and Interior of BC to non-agricultural development.

What are you political representatives doing? You can read the Hansard April 7 2014 to see what is being discussed.


Our 2014-04-02 BCFSN analysis of Bill 24 ALC Amendment Act has been set to all MLAs and officials in local governments.

See the BCFSN Media Release here and our media backgrounder here.

View the BC Government announcement here.

You can see Bill 24 here.

Read and opinion piece on “Value the chair of the Anything Land Research (ALR)” by Jim Wright of the Richmond Review


ALC Chair, Richard Bullock

Like forests and water, our foodlands are a public trust.

The Agricultural Land Reserve, which protects farmland, and the Agricultural Land Commission, which administers the ALR, along with farmers and ranchers, are essential to BC’s food security. 

Go to this page for further details and waysyou can take action to protect BC farmland!

You can also follow us  on Facebook (ALR Watch or Twitter (@ALRWatch


BC Food Systems Network 2014 Gathering

We are thrilled to let you know the 2014 Gathering will take place at the Sorrento Centre, in the traditional territory of the Secwepemc Nation, on the weekend of June 26-29, 2014.

Stay tuned for more information about the theme of the Gathering, and more details about logistics and registration.

We hope that you will find time to join us for a return to the ‘ancestral homelands’ of the Gathering, where the first eleven Gatherings took place between 1999 and 2009. It will be a wonderful weekend of meeting old friends, making new ones, and above all else forging new connections to one another and to our many food systems.