Food & Water First Gains Political Support

Politicians Show support at the International Plowing Match in Ivy held from September 16 to 20th, 2014

Final Version of Dufferin County Official Plan - Sep. 2014

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The final version for adoption of the County of Dufferin Official Plan is now available. 

The final version of the Official Plan will be presented to County Council for adoption on September 11th, 2014.  If County Council adopts the Official Plan, it would then be forwarded to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval.

Read details about the Official Plan and the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farms Forever: When?

The Ontario Legislature gets back to business early next month and one of the questions facing the Liberal government will be: What's happening with the promised Farms Forever program? During the spring election, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a special program aimed at protecting more of Ontario's prime farmland, especially near urban centres.



Farms Forever is modelled after a hugely successful program in Pennsylvania which has the largest farmland preservation system in the United States. Since 1988 it has protected nearly 500,000 acres of prime farmland for its $68-billion agri-food sector through a special easement program. Last month, Pennsylvania announced it had preserved another 2300-acres which happens to be the same amount of land the proposed Highland Mega Quarry would have destroyed in Dufferin County.

 

Food & Water First met with provincial representatives over the summer and is encouraged by the government's interest and engagement in this topic. We will be pressing the government to move quickly on Farms Forever and other protections for our vital food-producing lands.

Food & Water First News Team

Britain faces farming land shortfall by 2030

 

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A new report published by the University of Cambridge has shown that the UK could see significant shortfalls of land to grow food due to the growth in population. The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s paper, ‘The best use of UK agricultural land’, stated that with the population in the UK expected to exceed 71 million by 2030, farming land would be needed for living space.

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OFA Calls for Protection of Prime Farmland

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For Ontario farmers – and Ontarians who rely on local food ?  Farmland is our greatest and most important resource. But despite the vast and diverse area of land that makes up Canada’s second-largest province, less than 5% of it is suitable for food production. And once farmland is gone, it’s never coming back.

Ontario’s soils are classified based on their ability to grow crops. While there are seven classifications, Class 1 through 7 – but only Class 1 through 4 are capable of supporting crop production. Class 1 is the most productive soil and not typical of the majority of Ontario farmland. Classes 2 – 4 are less productive in descending order, but still capable of producing food, fibre and fuel.

But here’s the problem: with growing urban centres and the need for more urban development, Ontario is losing more than 350 acres of farmland every day. If this loss rate continues, Ontario farmers will be unable to meet the growing demand for food in Canada and around the world. And as a non-renewable resource, productive farm land will be lost forever.

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