Archive: Farmland

Excess Soil Industry Will See Closer Regulation in Ontario

Last week the CFFO submitted recommendations for excess soil management to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in Ontario. According to a 2014 Toronto Star article, during peak construction years as much as 50 million tonnes of excess soil is generated at Ontario construction sites, 7.5 million tonnes of which are contaminated. The…

Political Will Necessary for Farmland Preservation

This May, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is reaching out to provincial candidates on three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on farmland preservation. CFFO district leaders across the province reached out to candidates and local media to voice concerns about the…

Soil in the Spotlight

Pushing right to the end of the year, December 31 saw the close of the consultation window on “New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy.” The Soil Health Strategy puts the spotlight on something which does not have the charm or public appeal of cute baby animals or sprawling green vistas. It…

Maintaining Ontario’s Ecosystems

The province of Ontario is comprised of many ecosystems that are unique and beneficial to the provincial landscape. Maintaining these ecosystems is the responsibility of all citizens who call Ontario home. There are many organizations and individuals who are committed to maintaining and improving the ecosystems around them. The Lower Thames Conversation Authority (LTCA) recently hosted a bus…

Eat Your View

“Eat your view” is an expression used to promote local food. Eating local, and protecting farmland to make that possible, ensures populations have access to a “beautiful view” close to home. It is also saying you should consider the landscape that is created by the way your food is produced. Protecting local farmland is important…

Protecting Farm Viability in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

I remember my surprise when I heard at a conference on food that you can see most of Ontario’s best farmland from the top of the CN Tower. Certainly our valuable farmland extends beyond the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, but much of our productive farmland is within this region, including two provincially significant specialty crop…

Farm Diversity in Ontario

The diversity in Ontario Agriculture and the different regions of the province can make legislation less beneficial for some of Ontario’s farmers. This became apparent as CFFO staff traveled the province during our 2016 Policy Tour, meeting in each of the federation’s 21 districts. Travelling through the province, one sees the beauty of creation regardless…

Protecting Farmland – Ontario Farmland Trust

Land use policy, especially as it relates to farmland, is coming under greater scrutiny as Ontario continues to grow, and our urban areas continue to expand. Two speakers at the CFFO March Provincial Council meeting focused on the issue of farmland policy, each from a different perspective. We had presentations from FarmStart, an organization helping…

Acres of Food Production in Ontario

There is ongoing debate about the importance of protecting farmland in Ontario. A recent article from the Fraser Institute entitled “Only markets can determine best use for Ontario cropland” raises the question of who should determine the use of farmland. The authors of this article, Glenn Fox, Yi Wang and Kenneth P. Green, studied whether…

Farmland Losses in Ontario

In this, the United Nations “International Year of Soils” we read reports indicating large blocks of Ontario farmland are being lost to urbanization. Is it fact or fiction? It really depends on what you call farmland. When comparing the 2011 census to the 2006 census the reduced acreage reported is in fact 350 acres per…