The choice of preserving farmland is clear because of climate change and droughts?
It is not clear to me!
Farmland is not a problem!
With human innovation abilities, we can always have plenty of land for food production.
Every year, productivity per acre increases from more efficient farming. It used to be that 90 per cent of the population was needed for farming, but now only five per cent is needed for food production, allowing people to produce the many other products we enjoy.
India, for instance, just announced some dramatic economic reforms, and one of the major ones was that they are allowing the creation of superstores like Wal-Mart to be built.
Those familiar with India and who understand basic economics will realize it will be a real boost to the poor in that country, with lower food costs.
If we are really short of land for farming, it really would not take much to convert seawater to clean water and irrigate the Sahara desert.
How does global warming make farm preservation important? Global warming makes a better climate for growing, if anything. Droughts are manageable and less of a problem than in the past.
The drought in the U.S. this year has been a real boon for farmers in this province's good growing year.
Dan Banov, Whonnock