Metro Vancouver recognizes that the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada are the leading agencies supporting the transition of agriculture to lower greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate. At the same time, the role of protecting agricultural land and the associated benefits to communities are multi-jurisdictional creating opportunities for the regional district and local governments to provide leadership, convene and collaborate on joint initiatives.
Agriculture is an industry engaged in the production of plants and animals for food and fiber that contributes to the economy and food security in the region. Agricultural land also provides societal benefits such as storm and flood management, nutrient and organic matter recycling, and wildlife habitat. Improvements to farm practices can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural industry (currently about 3% of the regional total). Protecting agricultural land and enhancing local food production are a priority for building resilience in the region.