Fossil fuel/renewable energy debate, with real people stuck in the middle.

There is massive need for more jobs in Alberta and British Columbia. Alberta is in dire need, the industry is down, way down, and people are losing homes, lives even.

The most used energy supplies are fossil fuels and these are coal, oil and natural gas – used from cooling/heating homes and hospitals to fuel for personal and mass transportation (read food transportation here too).

Alberta and British Columbia have abundant supplies of two of these fossil fuels.

Without a steady supply of fuel, investors would stop investing in businesses that require oil and gas, which in turn will affect getting food to our tables.

Sam Hirji, Samco printers and Organic Farm investor

There is also an imperative demand for regulations; the oil pipelines were put in place long before we knew what we know now so yes that is archaic technology that needs to be addressed. Gas pipelines are far more advanced because they were laid down much later when knowledge, technology and demand for rules and regulations were all synchronized. Today we can demand transparency and seek solutions to the problems but what we cannot do is deny jobs and foods to the mouths and bellies of our children.

At present we have endless access to information and many social media platforms to air our opinions, and because of technology we can watch “the government and big corporations” with eagle eyes, yet we see nothing. When it comes to protesting for our causes we have a lot more information than we ever did before, but…we stopped using logic and deductive reasoning in the last few years. Now, it seems, if we have an opinion we Google it, and if we don’t like the answer we Google some more to get the answers that validate our un-validated opinion.

Can we bring about valid change without starving out our people?

But of course we can. We can scratch for twigs to light fires, or we can grow our own food and pray for the rains and sun to cooperate, plus we can wish all plaques away. If we are willing to stop our global-village lifestyle and go back to living remote-village lives, then yes we can bring about change immediately.

Although we shout out louder than we ever have, we are still essentially, literally and figuratively, empty barrels.

As I sit here, at an outdoor café, listening to Adele on my iPhone and working on my laptop, the building’s massive AC thunders loudly, hundreds of cars drive by with families heading who knows where. I drink my latte, beans shipped in from Kenya and milk from an organic dairy farm, which uses tons of organic feed from around the world.

I will not be a hypocrite, not when I see the lack of jobs detrimental effects on my friends and fellow Canadians in British Columbia and Alberta. What affects one or two Provinces is harmful to all of Canada, and beyond.

With a huge loss of income for the country our Canadian-ness seems to be rapidly fading too, now we use “the economy is down” as an answer for everything – from moving the food basket higher up the chain to withholding welcome to refugees.

Solodko Ukrainian baker at Granville Island Farmers Market.

The food industry is a viable way to change, with more organics and more farms we feed more people better food, and with more awareness we become a family around a dining table, with more dialogue and education we will find the solutions we seek, may it be allowing people to work now, eating real food to survive another decade, working towards renewable energy for the future, or all of the above.

Farmer and investors, Captiva verde/VegNet

This beautiful farmer has spent her whole life farming organic foods on her acreage, she chose to live off the land, and sell the excess to us. She could not survive without her farm truck, now with the cost of gas, and less people shopping due to lack of work, her farm will wilt and eventually stop producing, another good farm bites the dust.


Lets remain focussed and connected by feeding our family today while we work on a new tomorrow.

Samantha McLeod

Vancouver based food and travel writer.

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