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“ Every year the planet loses an area the size of Scotland to er osion and urban sprawl. At the same time we add 70 million people to the planet’s population.” Ronald Wright, CBC Massey Lecture Series, 2004. Food Production and Sustainability: A Planners Perspective. Wayne Caldwell

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“Every year the planet loses an area the size of Scotland to erosion and urban sprawl. At the same time we add 70 million people to the planet’s population.”

Ronald Wright,

CBC Massey Lecture Series, 2004

food production and sustainability a planners perspective

Food Production and Sustainability: A Planners Perspective

Wayne Caldwell

February, 2009

University of Guelph

Ontario Professional Planners Institute

healthy communities sustainable communities
Healthy Communities, Sustainable Communities

OPPI has prepared a paper that will help to make our communities healthier and more sustainable.

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Our on-going work has us considering the linkages between planning, food production and sustainabilty

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Annual Corn Price (actual dollars)

(U.S. price for corn adjusted by the Cdn CPI)

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strategies farmers pursue to remain viable
Strategies Farmers Pursue to Remain Viable
  • Get larger
  • Specialize
  • Diversify
  • Value added
  • Adapt, adapt, adapt
  • Other…
local food production needs
Local food production needs

Local Food Production needs to be “viable” from a producer perspective.

Producers will continue to remind planners and government about this reality.

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Why is local food important from alPHa’s perspective?

Why is local food important from a Planner’s perspective?

local food and planning
Local Food and Planning

Local food addresses broader social, economic and environmental issues. These issues are related to land use, health, employment, climate

change, greenhouse

gas, etc…..

Local Food and

Healthy Communities

planning and agriculture
Planning and Agriculture

Also broader connections

with the Rural Community

why preserve agricultural land
Why Preserve Agricultural Land?
  • food production
  • food security
  • agriculture in the economy
  • stewardship and amenity of the countryside
  • a resource for future generations
  • local food potential
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While there is a cultural battle for “local food” there is a land use battle for local agriculture in many near urban locations…

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Thanks –

Questions?