Planning for Agriculture

Publisher:  Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, Drayton, Canada
Year Published:  1978  
Pages:  9pp  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX952

This brief was presented to the Ontario Municipal Board to express some concerns of the Christian Farmers Federation (CFF) about the direction of agricultural planning in the Niagara Region of Ontario.

Abstract:  This brief was presented to the Ontario Municipal Board to express some concerns of the Christian Farmers Federation (CFF) about the direction of agricultural planning in the Niagara Region of Ontario. For the CFF good agricultural planning means: a) preserving every scrap of available food land, b) preserving the farm community, c) preserving the family farmers, d) controlling the land locally, and e) acting responsibly on a combined personal, local, provincial and federal level.

The federation points to the reasons why present patterns of using increasingly energy and capital intensive technologies cannot be sustained. Energy is becoming too expensive. Good soil is rapidly being used up and not replenished. Residues from pesticides and insecticides are building up in the soils and run-off is causing increased pollution in the Great Lakes. Less intensive and more energy conserving technologies require more land; consequently all available land will need to be preserved in this area for future use. As it is, Ontario is a net importer of food and its population is growing.

Each of the other four aspects of good planning mentioned above are also discussed in further detail. Similar concerns are expressed in two additional briefs from the Haldimand-Norfolk Christian Farmers Association, R.R. No. 5, Simcoe, Ont. about agricultural planning in their local region. In addition they criticize policies on retirement lots and greenbelts.

In a second 4 page publication entitled "Statement re Government and Food Price Inflation," (Dec. 1978), the CFF call the Consumer's Association of Canada (C.A.C.) to account for their misleading and dishonest statements on food policy delivered at the First Ministers' Conference in November 1978. Amongst a variety of others, two specific areas analyzed are import duties and transportation costs.

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