Food & Water First – Talking Points

About Food & Water First

Food & Water First is a movement dedicated to protecting Ontario’s prime farmland and source water regions. We are rural and urban citizens who understand that our province’s rare agricultural soils and water resources provide us with a great bounty that must be preserved. We encourage the Ontario government to adopt a Food & Water First policy so our vital agricultural sector and source water regions are given priority in land-use planning. 

#ProtectPrimeFarmland

#ProtectOurWater 

#FoodAndWaterFirst

Short Description:

Food & Water First says land use planning in Ontario must prioritize food land & source water before development. Protecting tomorrow by starting the conversation today. #FoodAndWaterFirst

According to the 2011/16 census, Ontario is losing the equivalent of 175 acres of farmland every day — a significant improvement over the 2006/11 census, which measured the loss at 350 acres per day, but is still far too much. (source)

 

Questions:

Have you/will you take the Food and Water First pledge?

Do you support the Greenbelt?

Do you support Ontario’s Growth Plan?

What steps will you take to secure fresh food and clean water for future generations?

 

Suggested Tweets

#FoodAndWaterFirst

Ontario is losing equivalent of 175 acres of farmland/day to development #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Did you know that only .5% of Canada’s landmass is Class 1 farmland & half of that is in Ontario? #FoodAndWaterFirst #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #ProtectOurWater

ON needs a policy statement to #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

ON’s land use planning values development before food & water–talk to your MPP candidate #ONElection2018 #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #FoodAndWaterFirst

What steps will your ON MPP candidate take to protect food & water for future generations? #ONElection2018 #ProtectOurWater #ProtectPrimeFarmland #FoodAndWaterFirst

9 billion people by 2050 is a lot of mouths to feed #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Short-term thinking jeopardizes future generations–elect an MPP who recognizes the problem & thinks long-term #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Southern Ontario has some of Canada’s most productive farmland #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

A mere 0.5% of Canada’s farmland is Class 1 soil – 20% of that is in Ontario #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Ontario’s agri-food sector is largest in Canada w/781,639 people employed (2014) & $34 billion impact #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Sprawl devours prime farmland – at what cost to future? #ONElection2018 #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #FoodAndWaterFirst

Aggregate (#ONpq)

“Food And Water First” born of #StopTheMegaQuarry movement to #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #ONElection2018 #ONpq #FoodAndWaterFirst

Aggregate extraction applications must include Agricultural Impact Assessment #CommonSense #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONElection2018 #ONpq #FoodAndWaterFirst

Pits & quarries must not be allowed on Class 1-4 soils (prime farmland) #CommonSense #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ONpq #FoodAndWaterFirst

Ban aggregate extraction below-water-table in source water areas #CommonSense #ProtectOurWater #ONpq #FoodAndWaterFirst

Greenbelt (#GrowOurGB)

Half of Ontario’s fruit farms & 20% of vegetable farms are protected by Greenbelt legislation #GrowOurGB #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #FoodAndWaterFirst

Growing the green; protecting the blue #GrowOurGB #FoodAndWaterFirst http://www.growourgreenbelt.ca/

 

NIMBYISM

Yes, I protect my backyard — proud to be a NIMBY! #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #FoodAndWaterFirst

 

See also:

Places to Grow – Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

FAQs – Prime Farmland

FAQs – Water

Take the Food & Water First Pledge


 

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