Our food security rests on a regional and provincial foundation of farmers, farmland, and fisheries. It is impacted by the degree that farmland and fish stocks are protected from loss, the health of soil, water, and air is preserved, and local seed diversity is maintained. Food system activities both affect and are impacted by the health of the environment. Environmental health topics associated with the food system include waste reduction and management, and pollution.
The agricultural land base is the quantity and quality of land available for cultivation. Competing land use and development pressures can and do remove valuable farm land from production. Although local land prices reflect a highly competitive real estate market, the value of farmland is based on its wealth as a highly productive food growing region and its food production values. It can also be measured by public willingness-to-pay to preserve it.
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