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Food for Thought – New Addition to the BFF Blog

Burnaby Food First is adding a new feature to its blog. Interesting articles, links and everything from quizzes to interviews will be included and then stored under a ‘Food for Thought’ tab.

Food security is a wide topic. It includes everything from families being able to put nutritious food on their tables to climate change and its impact on agriculture. We’re starting off ‘Food for Thought’ with Part 1 of a Food Security Quiz that looks at some of these issues .

Go ahead! Test yourself!

Food Security Quiz – Part 1

1. How much does it cost each month in BC on average to feed a family of 2 adults and 2 children a healthy diet? (2015 figures)

a) $498
b) $756
c)  $974
d) $1,207

2. What percentage of children live in poverty in BC? (Poverty defined as $35,648 after tax/yr. for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 16 yrs.)

a)  just under 6%
b)  almost 11%
c)  14%
d)  more than 18%

3. How much land is suitable for growing food in BC?
a) 2.5%
b) 5%
c) 12%
d) 22%

4.  What percentage of land is suitable for growing food in Canada?

a) 5%
b) 9%
c) 15%
d) 21%

5. How much of the food we eat is grown in BC?

a) 24%
b) 48%
c) 60%
d) 75%%

6. The Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) was set up in 1973 to preserve land in BC that is capable of growing food. The Site C Dam project will remove the largest area of farmland from protection in the ALR’s history. How many people could this land have fed every year if it were farmed?

a)   25 thousand
b)  500 thousand
c)   750 thousand
d)  1 million

7. If intensive urban agriculture were undertaken on a global scale, which one of these would not be a likely result. Urban agriculture involves growing food on empty green spaces, on rooftops and on the sides of buildings.

a) production of 100 – 180 tonnes of fruits and vegetables
b) reduced storm water run-off
c) energy savings on heating and cooling buildings
d) increased food prices

Wondering how you did?! Check out the answers here!

How did you do on Part 1 of the Food Security Quiz? This week is Part 2. Give it a try!

How many lentils does Canada grow compared to other countries?

a)     Lentils are not a significant crop in Canada
b)     Canada produces 1/4 of the world’s lentils
c)      Canada is second only to India in the production of lentils
d)     Canada produces more lentils than any other country

Which of these bees is not native to BC?

a)     mason bee
b)     honey bee
c)      sweat bee
d)     miner bee

Approximately how many species of bees do we have in BC?
a)     30
b)     100
c)      450
d)     1, 000

With conventional growing methods, how much land does it take to produce enough food for 1 person in BC? About:

a)     1/2 city block (.25 hectare)
b)     1 city block (.08 hectare)
c)      6 city blocks (.5 hectare)
d)      24 city blocks (2 hectares)

How much of the ice-free land on the planet is used to graze livestock?

a)     1/20
b)     1/10
c)      1/4
d)     1/2

Who sets organic standards for produce in Canada?

a)     Provincial governments
b)     Local farming associations
c)      Federal government
d)     The standards are set internationally

Which one of these in not a “winter” vegetable in our climate?

a)     Brussel sprouts
b)     Kale
c)     Carrots
d)     Green beans

     Find the answers here!