As a follow-up to the post about Pitt Meadows farmland I popped in to the letter writing page at Wilderness Committee. Here is the info provided there along with a copy of the letter that I sent to the Executive Director of BC’s Agricultural Land Commission:
“Write Wild – Save Pitt Meadows’ Endangered Farmland!
Submitted by alexis on Thu, 09/20/2012 – 18:43
Please write to Mr. Brian Underhill, Executive Director of BC’s Agricultural Land Commission and let him know how strongly you want the Pitt Meadows farmland located north of Lougheed Highway to remain in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and kept for the purposes of farming.
Some points to consider:
- The farmland in question is 32.5 hectares in size and is located just north of the Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows.
- If properly drained, this Pitt Meadows farmland would be some of the highest quality farmland in BC.
- Pitt Meadows has more than enough land to develop factories, malls and housing, while BC only produces enough food to feed half our population. BC needs to protect every square inch of farmland remaining in the province“
“Mr. Brian Underhill
BC Agricultural Land Commission
RE: Proposal to remove Pitt Meadows’ farmland from the ALR
The loss of the Pittmeadows farmland which is 32.5 hectares in size and is located just north of the Lougheed Highway in Pitt Meadows will be detrimental to British Columbia, specifically the lower mainland. Already BC only produces enough food to feed half of our population and given the potential for global market disruption we need to be self sufficient in this respect.
There is plenty of available land in Pitt Meadows to develop factories, malls and housing without destroying this valuable resource of high quality farmland which has to date been allocated as part of the Agricultrual Land Reserve. It ought to be kept for the purposes of farming.
Maintaining the integrity of our Agricultural Land Reserve is, in my opinion, imperative to the city’s and the province’s ability to provide adequate food to feed our population. Foreigh markets cannot be infinitely relied upon; we must look out for the future of our children for many generations to come.
Thank you for taking time to consider my opposition to the removal of Pitt Meadows’ farmland from the ALR.
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