Future of food at conference

Restaurateur and celebrity chef Vikram Vij will give the keynote address at a conference on B.C.’s agrifood and seafood sector in Kelowna.

Bolstering food supply security and innovation in the sector are among the topics at the Growing the Future Together conference, Nov. 14-15.

Agriculture Minister and Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick said Vij will talk about sourcing local food, how to build a successful B.C. agrifood business and local food trends.

“Canada is one of the greatest culinary destinations because of our farmers, purveyors and chefs who have a great relationship with nature,” Vij said in a press release.

Other speakers will include experts from the food and beverage industry, entrepreneurs, planners, purchasers and suppliers.

Agritech, climate change, export readiness, urban agriculture and more are on the agenda.

Dr. Sean Smukler, an assistant professor at UBC, said: “Climate change will inevitably mean challenges for British Columbia producers. However, with this challenge there is opportunity, and I look forward to talking more about this.”

An exhibitors showcase will feature B.C. companies on the leading edge of new production practices or pursuing an emerging trend or technology.

B.C.’s agrifood sector produces more than 200 commodities on land and 100 in the water. Sales topped $13 billion for the first time in 2015.

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