Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Loss of Locally-Grown Food

Locally-grown food makes sense for many keeps money in the local economy...requires less gas to more accountable to local health and safety name just a few.

Well, let's be very clear that sprawl growth presents a major threat to the viability of locally-grown food:
Much of Canada's rich farm land is more valuable for housing developments these days than it is for supporting crops.

Whereas land for growing vegetables or raising cattle might fetch $2,000 an acre, developers are ready to offer farmers $40,000 an acre, knowing they can flip it for twice that when the property becomes part of a new subdivision.

It's that loss of land that's concerning advocates about the long-term viability and supply of locally grown food.