I always get such a good feeling when I see agriculture highlighted in our area as it was on the front page of the Sept. 19 issue of the Advertiser concerning the success of the recent Open Farm Day. What’s troublesome to me is the nagging concern that our local farms only supply a fraction of the groceries that local residents consume. We still continue to import most of our foods despite a strong Buy Local movement.
It we stop to think, we might conclude that we are in a precarious position should those imports stop for any reason. It is said that only a three-day supply of food exists on the shelves in the province at any given time, making our whole food system non-sustainable in the long run.
Farmers have been asking for support from our government to help them make ends meet and to help grow their businesses. The cost of farming is astronomical. Food producers have been asking that farmland and food processing plants be protected.
Our current NDP government has had years to adopt the recommendations of the Agricultural Review Committee, which would help farmers and protect farmland, but nothing yet has been done. Nothing is going to change if the NDP get elected again. They prefer to throw millions of taxpayers’ dollars at failing industries instead of backing our farmers and putting more local food on local tables.
Young farmers want an opportunity to grow food. Everyone wants an opportunity to grow food. Everyone wants food security. Taxpayers deserve a better payback than what they have been getting.