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Southwest BC Bioregion Food System Design Project

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The Southwest BC Bioregion Food System Design Project was a four year, multi-disciplinary research project initiated by ISFS to provide regionally specific, data-driven information about:

  • The potential to increase Southwest BC food production and processing for local markets
  • Whether and to what extent increasing local food production could improve food self-reliance, benefit the provincial economy, and create jobs
  • The potential to reduce some detrimental environmental impacts from food production in Southwest BC.

The project modelled a number of future food system scenarios that represent possible outcomes of choices we face. When compared to our current situation, these outcomes can be used to help identify and understand the impacts of decisions we might make, the options and outcomes that we could seek to achieve. 

Project Reports

Full project report

Presents all project findings in a non-technical format appropriate for a wide range of non-expert audiences.

Research briefs

Present project findings specific to each of the project indicators in greater detail and include an explanation of the research methods.

Peer-reviewed publications

The most detailed level of reporting available from the project. Some peer-reviewed publications are forthcoming so please check back for updates. 

Other publications

The following reports were released prior to the project's completion. 

Project Support

We grateful to the following local governments that endorsed the project and provided funding:

  • City of Burnaby
  • City of Langley
  • City of New Westminster
  • City of North Vancouver
  • City of White Rock
  • District of Maple Ridge
  • District of Squamish
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
  • Township of Langley

And to the following local governments and organizations that endorsed the project:

  • BC Agricultural Land Commission
  • BC First Nations Agricultural Association
  • BC Food Systems Network
  • Bowen Agricultural Alliance
  • Bowen Island Municipality
  • City of Abbotsford
  • City of Pitt Meadows
  • City of Port Moody
  • City of Port Coquitlam
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Vancouver
  • Corporation of Delta
  • Delta School District
  • District of Mission
  • District of North Vancouver
  • Farm Folk City Folk
  • Fraser Health
  • Food Matters Chilliwack
  • Invest North Fraser
  • Langley Community Farmers Market Society
  • Langley Environmental Partners Society
  • Metro Vancouver
  • New Westminster Community Food Action Committee
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • Richmond Food Security Society
  • Small Scale Food Processor Association
  • Sunshine Coast Regional District
  • Surrey Board of Trade
  • Surrey/White Rock Food Action Coalition
  • Vancouver Food Policy Council
  • Village of Pemberton
  • White Rock Surrey and Naturalists’ Society
  • Whistler Centre for Sustainability