Preserve good farmland for the future
With reference to the article http://www.newswire.ca/fr/story/1174679/gaspillage-des-terres-agricoles-..., Équipe autonomiste supports the Union des producteurs agricoles (Union of Agricultural Producers) in its opposition to the proposed railway station in the municipality of Mirabel. Good farmland accounts for a tiny proportion of Quebec’s land surface, barely 2%. It’s a heritage to be preserved for our future generations. This is part of our value #2: Fairness between generations.
- Quebec should look out for its future and not destroy its good farmland if it wishes to remain self-reliant food-wise, at least for staple foods. A starving people is a vulnerable people.
- With the world’s growing number of mouths to feed, preservation of productive farmland is paramount.
- High-quality food-producing soils are formed over thousands of years. It’s immoral to destroy them or bury them under asphalt for short-term economic needs.
- Équipe autonomiste is in favour of economic development and prosperity, but not at any price. We feel it’s possible to develop without blindly destroying.
Note: Even though this project has been shelved for an indeterminate period, the principle of preserving our heritage of fertile farmland remains just as relevant and applicable to other projects.