Want to Stop Cities Eating Up Farmland? We Need Urban Allies

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It’s estimated that an average of 350 acres of arable land per day are gobbled up in Ontario alone. While urban sprawl may have less of an acres-per-day impact in less populous provinces, the permanent loss of farmland is and should be a major concern not just for farmers, but for urbanites, too. When’s the last time you saw a development bulldozed and planted back to native grasses and shrubs? Or rows of vegetables, sweet corn or wheat? It simply doesn’t happen — once houses or buildings go up on farmland, that land is taken out of food production, full stop.…

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