Agricultural land must be preserved

We cannot afford to squander any more agricultural land for development

Congratulations to the Saanich councillors who voted against considering Watkiss Way agricultural land for waste treatment.

With agricultural land in B.C. making up only five per cent of the land base, we cannot afford to squander any more to non-agricultural development.

The drought in California should have demonstrated by now that we must pay more than lip service to the idea of food self-sufficiency here and in the rest of Canada.

The drought there could conceivably last for decades (it has happened in the American southwest in ancient times), and it should be giving us a wake-up call to “a new world order” of the agricultural kind.  We have lots of rock to build on.  Let’s use that for our projects.

Richard Weatherill