We are a provincial organization based in British Columbia, Canada working toward a healthy and just food system. Community food security is our focus, where:

  • everyone is able to acquire, in a dignified manner, adequate quantity and quality of personally acceptable food;
  • people are able to earn a living wage by growing, producing, processing, handling, retailing and serving food;
  • the quality of land, air and water are maintained and enhanced for future generations; and
  • food is recognized as the basis of health and celebrated as central to community and cultural integrity.

We recognize that food is essential to life and is therefore a human right.

We’re a beehive of activity! (Image courtesy of Abra Brynne.)

The BC Food Systems Network was formed in September 1999, to link people all over the province involved in community-level action related to food.

The Network highlights the way food issues cross cultures, sectors, and age groups. Through an email network and annual meetings, we share insights, initiatives, strategies and critical analysis of events in the food system. We also share our own work and stimulate each other through exchange of ideas. We have held an Annual Gathering each year since 1999, during which the Network’s Annual General Meetings are held.

The BC Food Systems Network became a registered BC Society in October, 2004. Membership (and access to our electronic list serve) is open to anyone who supports our mission and democratic, inclusive process. Download the Membership Form or, if you wish to join our listserv without becoming a Member, you can subscribe by following the directions on the listserve page. Please note that you must be subscribed to post to our listserve.

The Network has operated successfully for over a decade based solely on the efforts of many volunteers and the money we raise through memberships and donations. Please consider donating to the BC Food Systems Network. Donations can be made by sending cash or a cheque through the postal mail (you can find our address here) or by using our secure PayPal button.

Membership in the Network is open to any person or group who supports our mission and democratic, inclusive process.

Interested in joining us? We’d love to have you as a member. Here’s how you can join.

We are interested in hearing from you. If you have a question, a concern, or an idea, let us know.