The article above is about food security. In our increasingly global economy, prices of commodities can flucutate wildly. Hong Kong is a key example, or microcosm, of what can happen to food prices. Hong Kong is in the precarious position of having to import most of their food. They do have some farmland in the territory, but a lot of their food comes either from Mainland China or from other sources in the Australasia region.
In a region, like the Lower Mainland, where we supply roughly half the food that we consume, we’re in good shape. However, examples like Hong Kong are further argument for preserving our current Agricultural Land Reserve. We cannot afford to lose more of this precious farming land to development. Plus, with increasing oil prices, if we can produce more food locally or have more local diet, we’ll in better shape of controlling our food. Nobody wants any of their staple foods to be subject to wild price fluctuations like those seen in Hong Kong.