The high price of produce, like a $6 bunch of celery and a $7 head of cauliflower has some foodies in tears.
But Saanich MLA Lana Popham says some of the sticker shock could be eased by setting aside agricultural land to increase local food production.
“We hear comments like compared to the value of developing it, the value of farming is not as much. But when it comes down to not being able to eat or being able to eat, people start to realize this is of critical importance to us.”
She says buying local is one way to beat the high produce prices brought on by the falling Canadian loonie.
“So I think we’re going to see probably more and more pressure in local agriculture as we try and navigate through the next few months where our food prices are going to be crazy.”
A lot of produce comes from California at this time of year.
The drought and the falling loonie have combined to make produce especially expensive.