I support preserving farmland in B.C., the Agricultural Land Reserve and Agricultural Land Commission in particular, the now-contentious green lands in Langley Township.
While one can understand how local officials might think it wouldn't hurt to make some ALR removals in a special circumstance, but they fail to appreciate the dangers of setting such precedents.
If we the people allow an exception in one place, it makes it much more difficult to oppose exemptions in other places, and then pretty soon, there would be no more ALR, and then no more farmland.
In future decades, world problems probably will worsen to the point that international and overseas trade will cease, and at that point, the four million people of B.C. would become wholly dependant on what we would be able to grow for food in our own territory - and the land in the Fraser Valley is clearly the best location for that, as B.C. is so dominated by rocky terrain and cold winters.
We will soon need all of the farmland we have for producing our own food, but if that land is converted to non-farming uses, it could be lost forever.
John Twigg, West Vancouver
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