Saturday, 11 October 2008

Mass immigration 'eating away at prime farmland'.

The actual title of this Toronto Star article is "Sprawl eating eating away at prime farmland" but I figured no point in dodging the real issue.

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
Moira Welsh
Environment Reporter


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.

2 comments:

james said...

Immigration refers to the movement of people among countries. While the movement of people has existed throughout human history at various levels, modern immigration implies long-term permanent residence. Short-term visitors and tourists are considered non-immigrants (see expatriate). Immigration across national borders in a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country is termed illegal immigration. Under this definition, an illegal immigrant is a foreigner who either illegally crossed an international political border, whether by land, water, or air, or a foreigner who legally entered a country but overstays his/her visa_(document) in order to live and/or work therein. Seasonal labour migration, while generally non-permanent in nature (typically for periods of less than a year), is often treated as a form of immigration.
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PaxCanadiana said...

And?