“Right now we’re elevating the alarm over a critical menace to our agriculture sector, because of misguided land use priorities on the Port of Vancouver that put contingency plans for an enormous container terminal over a household enterprise that makes an integral contribution to our membership,” stated Ken Ingram, Govt Director of the Sustainable Meals Alliance of BC.
The Port of Vancouver’s refusal to grant West Coast Discount a modest extension to its lease, merely to carry the land as a doable future terminal for abroad cargo containers, is creating unnecessary threat for agricultural producers, and threatening the long-term viability of the home meals system.
“The collective voice of our trade is evident,” added Ingram. “The Port should prioritize the wants of our native agricultural sector, the folks of BC and our local weather, over a back-up plan for a container terminal that places our trade in danger. That is why we’re interesting to the Authorities of Canada to acknowledge the important significance of West Coast Discount’s position in Canada’s agricultural provide chain. By offering them with a modest lease extension at their long-time terminal location, they will proceed to assist our members, preserve processing native and sustainable, and never power price will increase in these unprecedented instances.”
For over 5 many years, Sustainable Meals Alliance of BC members have relied on the processing and worldwide market entry offered by West Coast Discount, which diverts agricultural and meals waste from native landfills, and recycles these supplies into components for biofuels, pet meals, livestock feed and cleaning soap. West Coast Discount’s operation on the Port of Vancouver is the most important provider of feedstock for biofuel manufacturing in Western Canada, and the one facility within the area in a position to carry out this integral position. Additionally it is a necessary conduit for farmers to entry worldwide markets for canola oil and tallow exports.
“We ask that the Port of Vancouver work with West Coast Discount to safe certainty over their working tenure, and by extension, present certainty to the numerous households and companies in our trade that depend on this firm – from Indigenous and non-Indigenous business fish harvesters in coastal communities to seafood processing firms in Metro Vancouver,” stated Chris Sporer, Govt Director of the Seafood Producers Affiliation of BC.
“West Coast Discount’s Port of Vancouver operation is a necessary enabler of fresh gasoline sector progress within the many years forward,” added Ian Thomson, President of Superior Biofuels Canada. “The lack of this facility would set Canada again many years within the improvement of a aggressive clear fuels sector.”
The Sustainable Meals Alliance of BC is working with its members, in addition to interesting to the general public for assist on this problem. Western Canadian residents all in favour of supporting the agricultural sector can ship a message to native Members of Parliament and the Federal Ministers of Transportation, Agriculture and Atmosphere. Extra data is obtainable at SustainableFoodAllianceBC.com/act-now.
- From its strategic location on the Port of Vancouver, our integral rendering and bulk delivery member West Coast Discount offers important and value-added providers to farmers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia – connecting homegrown Canadian merchandise like canola and components for biofuel to worldwide markets.
- West Coast Discount produces beneficial merchandise from greater than 250,000 metric tonnes of stable waste yearly that may in any other case go to landfill. That represents 50 per cent of the stable waste that Metro Vancouver would in any other case must get rid of within the area. BC would face a big stable waste downside with out this firm’s providers.
- West Coast Discount handles half of Canada’s canola oil exports sure for Asia Pacific markets and 20 per cent of nationwide canola oil exports.
- West Coast Discount’s strategic location on the Port of Vancouver is the one facility in Western Canada in a position to refine and mix feedstocks that meet specs required by biofuel producers – serving to meet each federal and provincial greenhouse gasoline discount targets.
The Sustainable Meals Alliance of BC represents greater than 20 interconnected organizations in poultry, dairy, fish, beef, pork, egg, canola, feed, rendering and biofuel manufacturing throughout the province. We characterize a various cross-section of the agricultural and agri-foods trade – major merchandise, by-products and food-derived vitality – and work collaboratively on areas of frequent curiosity in assist of a sustainable and resilient meals sector. Not solely can we divert natural waste from landfills, and assist preserve meals costs accessible, we assist home and worldwide commerce, make use of 1000’s of employees, and assist local weather change targets by means of the manufacturing of progressive biofuels.
SOURCE Sustainable Meals Alliance of BC
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