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Frank Meyers Farm, Trenton, ON

 

Midhurst Village Development Proposal, Midhurst, ON

 

Site C proposal, BC

 

 

Farm Land Development News – Ontario (latest first)

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2017-10-20

InsideHalton.com

Burlington's future growth to be built on 5% of city land

Rick Goldring

- Burlington 50% urban/50% Greenbelt

2017-09

National Geographic

This Tiny Country Feeds the World

Frank Viviano and

Luca Locatelli

- The Netherlands

2017-09-04

Toronto Star

Trying to stop prime Ontario farmland from being ‘entombed forever’

Ainslie Cruickshank

2017-07-20

Huffington Post

Montreal IGA Says It's 1st Supermarket In Canada To Sell Produce Grown On Roof

Daniel Tencer

2017-07-08

Vice News

Climate Change is Shaping the Future of Food

Arielle Duhaime-Ross

2017-07-07

PopularMechanics.com

Freight Farms Builds Farms in Shipping Containers, and NASA Wants to Launch Them to Space

Alice Sweitzer

2017-07-04

Financial Post

What about photosynthesis? Ontario greenhouses are getting charged for carbon their plants consume

Peter Kuttenbrouwer

2017-05-31

Statistics Canada

Seeding decisions harvest opportunities for Canadian farmers

 

2017-05-11

Globe and Mail

Ontario’s Greenbelt architect launches defence of anti-sprawl policies

Jeff Gray

2017-05-10

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Census data reflects changes in agriculture industry (2017)

Ontario is losing the equivalent of 175 acres of farmland every day (previously 350 acres per day)

2017-03-30

Orilliapacket.com

Forum explores options for farmers who want to avoid selling their land to developers

Andrew Phillips

2017-03-30

National Farmers Union

Press Release:  Farmland is for Farmers:  NFU-O Presentation to Ontario Farmland Trust

Emery Huszka

- Exchangemagazine

2017-03-08

Manitoba Co-operator

Urbanization, not foreign ownership, the real threat to farmland

Alex Binkley

- Bonnefield, Tom Eisenhauer

2017-01-02

Brantford Expositor

City welcomes new residents after boundary changes

Michael-Allan Marion

2016-11-29

Barrie Examiner

Growing pains farmers

Cheryl Browne

2016-11-17

Hamilton Spectator

Agriculture groups band together to save farming and farmland

Matt Setzkorn

2016-11-01

Orangeville Banner

Mayor, CAO aggravated by NDACT response to NEC ‘land grab’

Chris Halliday

2016-10-09

New York Times Magazine

The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture

George Steinmetz

2016-09-28

Globe and Mail

320,000 newcomers came to Canada in past year, highest number since 1971

Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press

2016-09-09

Ottawa Citizen

How Ontario is failing its rural residents — and why it matters

Tom Spears

2016-08-04

Orangeville Banner

Task force says provincial aggregate policy needs clarity

Alexandra Heck

2015-12-08

Hamilton Spectator

You can’t eat pavement: growing sustainably

Don McCabe and Tim Gray

2015-11-24

RCInet.ca / Radio Canada International

Ontario farmland: threatened by urban sprawl

Marc Montgomery

2015-08-18

Orillia Packet & Times

Green party leader’s endorsement of campaign not shared by other candidates in Simcoe North

Patrick Bales

2015-08-15

Brantford Expositor

Group wants greenbelt on Grand River

Michael-Allan Marion

2015-08-14

Orillia Packet & Times

Green Party leader Mike Schneider, federal candidate Peter Stubbins and Simcoe-North candidate Valerie Powell talk policy

Patrick Bales

2015-05-28

Shelburne Free Press

Rezoning application in Melancthon raises concern

Marni Walsh

2015-05-28

Shelburne Free Press

Mobile Signs Spread the Seeds of Change

Marni Walsh

2015-05-21

Huffington Post

Oilsands Are Dying, Canada Should Become Food Superpower: Rubin

Daniel Tencer

2015-05-17

Toronto Star

Can town and country coexist?

Noor Javed

2015-05-11

Globe and Mail

Selling farmland is about more than speculation

Sylvain Charlebois

2015-02-28

Toronto Star

Ontario farmland under threat as demand for housing grows

Susan Pigg

Hamilton Spectator

2015-02-11

Orangeville Citizen

LTE: Millions of acres lost

Karren Wallace

2015-02-10

CBC

Ontario doesn't grow enough food to feed itself, but it could: Study

Danni Gresko

2015-02-10

CountryGuide

Who’s buying up Canadian farmland?

Gerald Pilger

2015-02-03

Government of Ontario

Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship -- Helping Ontario Farmers Keep the Great Lakes Healthy

 

2015-01-06

EcoWatch / John W. Roulac

The Solution Under Our Feet: How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

John W. Roulac

2014-12-03

News & Advance (USA)

For love of nature: Saving farmland and forests

Shannon Brennan

2014-11-04

Barrie Examiner

Small organizations eyeing development decisions welcome political changes

Cheryl Browne

2014-10-14

Madhunt.com

“Elected officials need to back up their claims”

Letter to the Editor

Shirley Boxem

2014-09-30

Toronto Star

‘Extraordinary’ demand for Barrie-area farmland

Susan Pigg

2014-09-30

Wallaceburg Courier Press

Outside of GTA, C-K farms fetching top prices in Ontario

Ellwood Shreve

- Chatham-Kent

2014-09-12

BlackburnNews.com

CFFO Says Farmland Preservation Needed

Steve Sabourin

- Nathan Stevens, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)

 

2014-05-14

Youtube / Ontario Farms

Video: Ontario Farmland Preservation

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

- preserving classes 1-4

2014-01-14

Toronto Sun

Ontario senior fights to save farm expropriated by military

Ernst Kuglin, QMI

2014-01-01

Ontario Landowners Association

The Elephant Who Wouldn’t Leave

Mallory McClinchey

2013-12-12

Globe and Mail

CPPIB buys Saskatchewan farms in $128-million deal

Eric Atkins

2013-11-29

Orangeville Banner /

Orangeville.com

Dufferin county joins Food & Water First Campaign

Bill Tremblay

2013-11-21

Orangeville Citizen

County Supports Food & Water

Wes Keller

2013-11-19

In the Hills

Carl Cosack

Tim Shuff

2013-11-08

Toronto Star

Ontario Liberals undermined own plan to control sprawl: Walkom

Thomas Walkom

2013-07-19

CBC Radio

“As it Happens”

Megaquarry land to return to the hands of farmers

 

2013-07-18

Goldhawk Fights Back

Carl Cosack radio interview

 

2013-07-18

Global News

Land at centre of mega-quarry fight sold

Heather Loney

2013-07-18

NDACT/CAUSE/CORE

Statement:  Bonnefield Financial purchase of Melancthon farmland:  A Fresh Start

 

2013-07-18

CBC Radio

“Ontario Morning” Interview with Tom Eisenhauer (.mp3)

Podcast

2013-07-18

Orangeville Citizen

Editorial:  What lay behind the decision to sell?

 

2013-07-18

Orangeville Citizen

Canadian Investor Buys Highland’s 6,500 acres

Wes Keller

2013-07-17

National Post

Mega quarry land north of Toronto bought by burgeoning farm fund Bonnefield

John Greenwood

2013-07-17

Financial Post

Mega quarry land north of Toronto bought by burgeoning farm fund Bonnefield

John Greenwood

2013-07-17

Value Walk

Seth Klarman Mega-Quarry Plans Over as Oontario Farmland is Sold

Tabinda Hussain

6,500 sold

What about remaining 2,000 acres?

2013-07-16

Orangeville Banner

Highland sells land in Melancthon, leases it back

Chris Halliday

2013-07-16

Wall Street Journal

Bonnefield Launches Canada’s Largest Farmland Partnership

www.bonnefield.com

2013-06-03

Inter Press Services News Agency

Peak Water, Peak Oil … Now, Peak Soil?

Stephen Leahy

2013-04-10

Brantford Expositor

Aggregate need keeps growing

Michael-Allan Marion

2013-03-20

Mountain Life

Squash the Mega-quarry (.jpg) and Mega-Victory (pg 52-61)

Magazine link pgs 36 and 52-61

2013-03-09

Thespec.com

Carlisle quarry proposal is dead

Daniel Nolan

FORCE  (more info)

2013-02-21

Harpin Norm

Video:  It’s Food & Water First

Audio only

2013-02-16

Matthew Kellway, MP Beaches/East York

A genuine “thank you” to community builders

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal:  Carl Cosack

2013-02-14

Record.com

Region will fight to maintain control over depth of gravel pits

Terry Pender

Region of Waterloo

2013-02-14

Creemore Echo

A shift of Focus for NDACT

Brad Holden

2010-09-03

CBC News

Milking meaning from the ingredients label

“modified milk ingredients”

2006-05-16

Statistics Canada

Census of Agriculture counts 57,211 farms in Ontario

57,211 farms/13.3 million acres in Ontario

229,373 farms in Canada

2001-06-11

Globe and Mail

Urban sprawl threatens prime farmland

Wallace Immen

 

 

More Ontario Information:

 

 

www.foodandwaterfirst.com

 

 

Farm Land Development News – A Global Issue (latest first)

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2017-10-22

Masslive.com

Farmland program turns 40 with 73,000 acres preserved across Massachusetts

Mary C. Serreze

- Massachusetts, USA

2017-10-20

Greenfield Recorder / Recorder.com

Farmland preservation program celebrates 40th anniversary

Richie Davis

- Massachusetts, USA

2017-10-16

SturgisJournal.com

News Focus: Opponents to proposed solar farm say farmland an invaluable asset

Jef Riestma

- Michigan, USA

AO Renewable Energy News - Solar

2017-10-16

Dailyo.in

Global Hunger Index: Why India lacks the foresight to avert food shortage crisis

Madhuri Danthala

- India

2017-10-12

Coast News Group

Residents launch signature gathering for SOAR initiative

Promise Yee

- Oceanside, California, USA

- Save Open Space and Agriculture Resources (SOAR)

2017-10-07

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Open space bonds paid off big for Gallatin County

Montana, USA

2017-09-28

SherwoodParkNews.com

LTE: A council review of Bremner

Lois Gordon

- Alberta, Canada

2017-08-23

Globe and Mail (BC)

B.C. Green Party calls for ban on foreign buyers purchasing farmland

Gemma Karstens-Smith

- British Columbia, Canada

2017-06-28

Global News (Edmonton)

Farmers say Strathcona County ‘completely upside down’ in land decision

Kendra Slugoski

- Bremner, Alberta, Canada

2017-06-08

Capital Press (USA)

Saving the West’s farmland

- Idaho, USA

- Treasure Valley

2017-03-08

Manitoba Co-operator

Urbanization, not foreign ownership, the real threat to farmland

Alex Binkley

2016-10-13

Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Metro region approves new 30-year growth plan

Elise Stolte

- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2015-06-07

Environment News Service

Losing Farmland, Taiwan Seeks to Limit Development

Shuchen Chang

- Taiwan

2015-04-13

Globe and Mail

Foreign firms grabbing prime B.C. farmland for carbon credits

Mark Hume

- British Columbia, Canada

2013-12-12

CBC News

CPP buys Saskatchewan's Assiniboia Farmland for $128M

- Saskatchewan, Canada

 

 

See also:

 

AO Info:  Site C Hydro Development, BC

 

SOAR (Save Open-space and Agricultural Resources), Ventura County, USA  www.soarvc.org

 

 

Canada’s New Cannabis Industry

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2017-12-21

CBC BC

Proposed pot farm stirs fears in quiet rural neighbourhood

 

2017-10-24

Leafly

Ontario Tussles Over Grow-Ops on ‘Agricultural Land’

Elianna Lev

2017-10-16

HamiltonNews.com

Ontario open to limiting large marijuana grow-ops in rural areas, says Hamilton Liberal MPP

Kevin Werner

2017-10-15

CBC News

Cannabis research booms with backing of commercial growers

The Canadian Press

2017-10-11

Leafly

Canada’s Largest Cannabis Producer Is Doubling in Size

Gage Peake

2017-10-03

Thespec.com / Hamilton Spectator

Ferguson doesn’t want pot industry steamrolling prime farmland

Teviah Moro

 

 

 

Pesticides & Herbicides News

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2017-08-29

Washington Post (USA)

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it’s devastating them.

Caitlin Dewey

- dicamba drift

 

2015-11-22

CBC News (Quebec)

Quebec to restrict neonicotinoids and atrazine pesticides

 

 

 

 

 

Other Farm & Food Related News

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2017-07-13

ChicagoTribune.com

More than a million hens, filling barns at three per square foot. And yes, they're USDA Organic

Peter Whoriskey

2017-08-13

Toronto Star

Rains, then flooding, killing crops for many Ontario farmers

Kristin Rushowy

2016-11-17

EcoWatch / Waterkeeper Alliance

The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production

Waterkeeper Alliance

2016-10-24

Globe and Mail

Ontario supplier charged with mislabeling chicken as organic

Ann Hui

2016-07-06

EcoWatch / Dr. David Suzuki

How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change

Dr. David Suzuki

2016-05-20

CTV News

Over 400 frozen food products being recalled across Canada, U.S. and Mexico

David Pitt

2016-04-23

Peterborough Examiner

Ontario's soil map getting first update in 40 years

Jessica Nyznik

2017-04-11

Orilliapacket.com

Schreiner talks hydro and agriculture

Mehreen Shahid

2016-02-29

National Post

‘Bye. Bye. Heinz’: French’s ketchup sells out after online post praising it and its Ontario-grown tomatoes

Carolyn Thompson

2016-02-04

theGuardian.com

French law forbids food waste by supermarkets

Angelique Chrisafis

2016-01-14

CBC News Windsor

French's using Leamington tomatoes in all its ketchup

- former Heinz, Leamington plant

2016-01-14

Global News / Associated Press

Could using oilfield water to irrigate crops be the future of farming?

Ellen Knickmeyer

2016-01-06

TrueActivist.com

Walmart Recalling 90,000 Pounds Of Beef For Containing “Extraneous Wood Materials”

John Vibes

- Walmart

2016-01-04

True Activist

Nestle Can No Longer Advertise Nesquick As “A Great Start To The Day” In The UK

Amanda Froelich

2015-12-29

CBC News

Food prices set to rise in 2016 as weak loonie takes a bigger bite

The Canadian Press

2015-12-21

CBC News

Ontario farm converts from pigs to shrimp in hopes of jumbo profits

Laura MacNaughton and Renee Filippone

2015-10-16

CBC News Montreal

Salmonella outbreak hits 8 provinces, several people hospitalized

 

2015-10-05

Farms.com

Trans-Pacific Partnership to impact Canadian dairy farms

Dairy Farmers of Canada

www.dairyfarmers.ca

 

2015-10-05

Globe and Mail

The ABCs of TPP

 

2015-10-05

Toronto Star

Trans-Pacific trade deal ‘new gold standard’, says Harper

The Canadian Press

2015-10-05

Government of Canada

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

- tentative agreement reached between 12 countries including Canada

2015-11-09

In The Hills Magazine

Gail Prussky How not to be a Serial Killer

Jeff Rollings

2015-08-26

Simcoe.com / Midland Mirror

Bad timing for Simcoe North byelection, Green candidate says

Frank Matys

- Valerie Powell signs pledge

2015-08-19

Ring of Fire radio

Pakman Describes the DuPont Dark Side of America’s Biggest Chemical Co., Creepy Stuff

- Teflon

(video link 4 mins)

2015-06-04

Stowe Today (USA)

The goal:  Protect bobolinks

Michael Sweatman

- Working to protect bobolinks in Vermont, USA

2015-05-18

EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

Watch John Oliver’s Hilarious Rant Exposing the Horrors of the Chicken Industry

Cole Mellino

- USA chicken industry

2015-04-16

Rabble.ca

SOLD! Canadian Wheat Board no longer quite so Canadian

National Farmers Union

2015-04-10

EcoWatch / Radha McLean

Find Out Which Companies Responsibly Source Palm Oil (You Might Be Surprised)

Radha McLean

2015-03-25

The Guardian (UK)

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it

George Monbiot

@GeorgeMonbiot

2015-03-25

FoodAndWaterWatch.org

A Mega-Merger Too Far: Kraft Foods-H.J Heinz Announce Merger

Patrick Woodall

2015-02-18

EcoWatch / Anastasia Pantsios

Nestlé to Dump Artificial Colors and Flavors in U.S. Candy, Something It Did in Europe Years Ago

Anastasia Pantsios

2015-02-11

CTV News Barrie

CFIA recalls two food products sold in Ontario

- Elite Salads brand White Fish

- Mountainoak Cheese Ltd. Farmstead Premium Dutch Semi-soft cheese

2015-01-01

MassReport.com

Bad News For Guacamole Lovers

Buffy Naillon

2014-11-10

Rabble.ca

Billions of kilograms of food waste? Now that should have been an election issue!

Wayne Roberts

2014-11-09

EcoWatch / Food & Water Watch (USA)

Chicken Imports from China a Raw Deal for U.S. Consumers

 

2014-10-10

Toronto Star

In Leamington, the future’s first harvest

Vanessa Lu

- former Heinz plant in Leamington

2014-09-12

ModernFarmer.com

Holey Cow: The Wonderful World of a Fistulated Cow

Anna O’Brien

2014-07-15

EcoWatch / Beyond Pesticides

Organic Food Is Healthier Confirms New Analysis

 

2014-01-25

Daily Mail (UK)

Farm-ageddon: No birds. No bees. Our countryside laid waste. And billions of animals that never see a blade of grass - book warns of terrifying threat from today's mega-farms

Philip Lymbery

2014-01-20

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  December (6 mins)

 

2014-01-07

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  November (7 mins)

 

2013-11-19

Globe & Mail

Canada dead last in ranking for environmental protection

Paul Waldie

2013-11-08

Youtube / Bill Nye

Eyes of Nye – GM foods – HTS2100 edition (8 mins)

 

2013-11-07

Orangeville Citizen

NDACT, ALERT not impressed by Aggregate Resource report

Wes Keller

2013-10-14

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  October (5 mins)

 

2013-10-14

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  September (6 mins)

 

2013-10-13

Natural Cures Not Medicine

8 Foods Even The Experts Won’t Eat

April McCarthy

2013-10-01

ThePetersonFarmBros

Bale! (Sail Parody)

 

2013-09-09

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  August (7mins)

 

2013-07-08

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  July

 

2013-07-08

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  June

 

2013-06-17

ThePetersonFarmBros

A Fresh Breath of Farm Air (Fresh Prince Parody)

 

2013-06-02

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  May

 

2013-05-07

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  April

 

2013-04-02

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  March

 

2013-02-25

ThePetersonFarmBros

Video: Life of a Farmer:  February

 

2012-10

Dowling Pictures

Video: Soupstock – A Call to Action (7.5 mins)

- Melancthon Mega Quarry proposal

2012-04-20

CBC News Sudbury

Mining company to raise fish underground

 

2008-02-13

Youtube / National Geographic

Meet the Super Cow

National Geographic

- Belgian Blue, product of selective breeding

 

 

See also:

 

AWARE-Ontario GMO News

 

AWARE-Ontario Water News

 

About Canola

 

 

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