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Hey city boys, stop making fun of those farmers…

Coming from a small town just South of Barrie, I ‘ve taken some heat from my classmates. I’ve been called farmer, honky, hick, etc. Simply based on the fact that I can see corn and cows out my kitchen window any tik11farm_silosme between June and September, whatever…

I would be willing to bet that many of those same city boys (and girls) who make fun of me, aren’t aware of what’s going down in the GTA in regards to agriculture. “The GTA Agriculture Action Plan purposes 37 actions, theĀ  are a comprehensive development strategy for a vibrant farm sector in the GTA. The plan covers economic development, consumer education, marketing local food, land use policy and ways to sustain co-operative working partnerships.” Which sounds to me like they are going to ensure that farmers don’t get swallowed by urban sprawl and inductrial development. Either way, I’d rather see corn than houses when I drive down the street, not nearly as many cars.

Just who is in charge of this Agriculture Action Plan you may ask? Good question. It’s the GTA Agriculture Action Committee (GTA AAC), this partnership involves the four regional municipalities of Halton, Peel, York and Durham. It also involves the four Greater Toronto Area Federations of Agriculture (Halton, Peel, York and Durham), the City of Toronto, Toronto Food Policy Council Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the food sector.

The GTA Agriculture Action Committee has a set of guiding prinicples, I suppose these are to ensure they don’t lose their focus over the course of time. The guide principles are as follows:

Guiding Principles

  • The Action Plan represents a shared vision with shared actions to be undertaken by the agricultural industry and all levels of government
  • Agriculture must be financially sustainable to enable the current and future generations of farmers to continue farming
  • Farmland value must be protected and supported through public policy and programs
  • GTA agriculture is distinct and its unique strengths must be capitalized on and marketed
  • The agricultural community must ally itself with consumers to create a strong political voice

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In every post I write I hope to educate, even if it is only one piece of information. I know farming isn’t the most exciting topic but hey, it’s important. Without it you would starve.

Until next time, keep eating…