Last night CTV News aired a most disturbing story. They showed Richmond farmers dumping their strawberries on the side of #6 Road to bring attention to their plight. This year most of the strawberries in BC stores are being imported from the states. Many of us, myself included, have been eating these imports because we thought we were waiting for BC berries due to rain and lack of sun. Not so, claims the farmer interviewed. We are eating these US and Mexican berries because they are cheaper than BC berries. US and Mexican strawberries are being sold in most stores because the suppliers are only sourcing the abundant, cheap produce from the south.
The story is one that needs attention from the legislature, who could tax these imports, the store owners & managers, who could request local fruit and produce from the suppliers and most of all us, the consumers. We all have our say when we vote with our dollars. Right now we can talk to our store managers & owners, and we can buy local, at our Saturday Market or at any of the Farmer's Markets up and down Vancouver Island. In the winter we need to import fruit and vegetables, and I am okay with that. Please watch this clip from the 6:00 News on July 5, 2012: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/farmer-stages-big-berry-dump-as-plea-for-gov-t-help-1.867711
See you at the U-Pick!