Fighting for Farmland
It's happening all over the country, faster than we can keep track: farmland is being eradicated in favor of housing developments, malls, and highways. A week or so ago the Skagit Valley Herald, in Northern Washington state, reported that the city of Mount Vernon is eyeing the 1,500 acres of farmland in the riverbend area in order to accommodate its population growth.One person who's not taking this news quiely is Slow Food Skagit Valley convivium leader Carol Havens, who wrote in to the editor and pointed out thatAs agricultural land and oil resources diminish, our future will be very different from our immediate past. The most important aspects of a community will not be the size of its houses or the dollar value of its industry. Most valuable will be the quality and proximity of food-producing farmland.Read the whole letter here.
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