In mediaeval Europe, most of the land was held by manor houses but in practice run by groups of serfs or commoners who tended it, managed crop rotation and multi-use, preserving the fertility of the soil as much as possible. The rights of the commoner to the use of common land was gradually eroded most famously in the English Enclosure Acts. Many landowners became rich through the enclosure of the commons, while many ordinary folk lost a centuries-old right.
Vancouver plans to become a global leader in urban food systems and this includes increasing city-wide and neighbourhood food assets by a minimum of 50% over 2010 levels by 2020. They are already at 36%!
There are many reasons why cities create local food systems and not least among them is the economic gains that come with growing, selling and eating local. Money spent locally creates a multiplier effect, meaning it circulates three times in our own community instead of being given out into the global sphere.
The Monashee Community Co-op has celebrated over a year of successful marketing of organic produce and groceries in Lumby. The underpinnings of this endeavor are based on such principles as expounded by world renowned organic crusader Dr. Vandana Shiva who was in Vernon this year for the conference of the Certified Organic Association of BC (Feb. 24.)