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. Protect 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:

Do you support preserving Ontario’s prime farmland?

Do you support the Greenbelt?

How do propose to preserve Ontario’s prime farmland?

How do propose to protect Ontario’s source water areas?

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

Suggested Tweets

#FoodAndWaterFirst

Ontario loses 175-350 acres of farmland daily to development #ProtectPrimeFarmland #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

ON needs a policy statement to #ProtectPrimeFarmland #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

ON’s land use planning values development before food & water–talk to your MPP candidate #Election2018 #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #FoodAndWaterFirst

ON’s farmland & water at risk for the future–contact your MPP candidate #Election2018 #ProtectOurWater #ProtectPrimeFarmland #FoodAndWaterFirst

9 billion people by 2050 is a lot of mouths to feed #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Short-term thinking jeopardizes future generations–elect an MPP who recognizes the problem & thinks long-term #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Southern Ontario has some of Canada’s most productive farmland #ProtectPrimeFarmland #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

A mere 0.5% of Canada’s farmland is Class 1 soil – 20% of that is in Ontario #ProtectPrimeFarmland #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Ontario’s agri-food sector is largest in Canada w/781,639 people employed (2014) & $34 billion impact #ProtectPrimeFarmland #Election2018 #FoodAndWaterFirst

Sprawl devours prime farmland – at what cost to future? #Election2018 #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #FoodAndWaterFirst

Aggregate (#ONpq)

“Food And Water First” born of #StopTheMegaQuarry movement to #ProtectPrimeFarmland #ProtectOurWater #Election2018 #ONpq #FoodAndWaterFirst

Aggregate extraction applications must include Agricultural Impact Assessment #CommonSense #ProtectPrimeFarmland #Election2018 #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:

FAQs – Prime Farmland

FAQs – Water

Take the Food & Water First Pledge


 

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