Peter Ladner is a former politician and business owner who lives in Vancouver, B.C. New Society Publishers published his book, The Urban Food Revolution, Changing the Way We Feed Cities, in October 2011.
Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic, and health care costs and beset by rising food prices. With only a handful of corporations responsible for the lion's share of the food on our supermarket shelves, we are incredibly vulnerable to supply chain disruption.
The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. Peter draws on his political and business experience to show that we have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that local, fresh sustainable food is affordable and widely available.
He writes a weekly column for Business in Vancouver newspaper and is vice chair of The Natural Step Canada.
He is a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, working on HousingNow, a design-build competition to provide housing affordable to median income buyers. From 2010-2011 he was a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, teaching, researching and hosting public events around the theme Planning Cities as if Food Matters.
He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002, was re-elected in 2005 and ran for mayor in 2008. He is a former member of the TransLink Board, and was vice chair of the Metro Vancouver Board.
He has been a lifelong gardener, and served on the Vancouver Food Policy Council. Peter has been the publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989.
"After decades of food delivered by industrial agriculture based on cheap oil, we are learning the health costs to our own bodies and the biosphere are too great. A revolution in food- where, how, and when it's grown is now sweeping urban centres. Read this book to see why it matters and how we can do it." - David Suzuki, co-founder, David Suzuki Foundation
"Peter Ladner was the keynote speaker at an economic development/planning session on September 16th, 2013 in Waterloo. Peter's presentation was well received and set the tone for a multi-stakeholder panel discussion which followed directly. The knowledge and understanding of participants of the Agri-food industry varied from extremely knowledgeable to unaware. The event provided a clear overview of the differences between industry sub-sectors and the varying approaches being utilized to promote them. Peter touched on a variety of relevant and topical areas and was helpful in focussing the participants on the bigger picture." - Carol Simpson, Waterloo Regional Food System