Sprawl eating away at prime farmland
At the same time, demand for locally grown food is on the rise, says Agricultural Action Committee
Oct 09, 2008 04:30 AM
Prime farmland in the greater Toronto region is being gobbled up by urban sprawl at the same time that consumer demand for locally grown food is on the rise, says an agricultural expert.
"Assuming sprawl will continue, it will eat up the better land in the GTA," Elbert van Donkersgoed, executive director of the Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action Committee, said yesterday.
The greenbelt protections in the GTA – forbidding development on a tract of land that rings the region – do not protect much of the best quality farmland, van Donkersgoed said at a breakfast session of the Canadian Urban Institute.
"We have created a protected countryside. We have also left a whole chunk of the countryside unprotected."
Yet another report yet warning about the environmental consequences associated with urban sprawl and yet another report that fails to mention that mass immigration is the prime driving force behind it.
I'm going to say this again. No environmentalist can be taken seriously if he or she refuses to discuss mass immigration as a prime threat to the environment. If you really want to do something to protect Canada's farmlands and natural habitat then demand a reduction in Canada's immigration intake. This is the most cost effective solution that will produce the most immediate environmentally positive results. Doing so is a step in the right direction since Canada accepts far more immigrants than it really needs.