Nine months ago, the Campbell administration announced it was important for urban British Columbians to understand how the agriculture industry contributes to the province's "social, economic and environmental well-being." The reason: "a strong agricultural sector should not only be profitable, but be socially valued to ensure long term viability." This, according to the February service plan for the ministry of agriculture and lands. And that's why the government was measuring and reporting out on public perceptions of that sector. But in its most recent service plan, the ministry has announced it will no longer be conducting that annual survey because its "no longer an appropriate indicator" of whether the government is promoting a "positive urban/agriculture relationship." Fancy that!
September 10, 2009