Food & Water First - TVO's Agenda

What is rural Ontario?

We are told that rural Ontario is idyllic landscapes, happy families, and farms. But what is rural Ontario? And does it have a future?


agendaaudioThe phrase "Food and Water First" was uttered on The Agenda with Steve Paikin Thursday, March 14, 2013. Anita Stewart, the University of Guelph's Food Laureate, was a guest, along with Mark Wales of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. They were part of an excellent panel discussion on rural Ontario.

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  At the end of the show, Mark Wales said "We need to discuss the preservation of farmland." Anita agreed and said "Food and Water First, it has to trump aggregate." Steve Paikin mentioned the mega quarry, saying "You won." Anita replied "They still own the land and they'll probably be back."  

To see all the pictures that were submitted in response to "What is rural Ontario?", click here.


  And, in another happy development,  Natalia Shields' stunning photo of the Melancthon potato fields is on the main website of the Agenda! Just click through the photos on this link and you'll recognize it immediately. (It's the second photo after Aboriginal Education's Future) Congrats again, Natalia!

Donna T.

"What is rural Ontario?" was broadcasted March 14, 2013 on The Agenda, a segment of the TVO programming.