Letters to the Editor

Urban agricultural leaders needed

To the Editor,

Re: Urban agriculture needs proper process, Food Matters, May 7.

On April 27, the District of Lantzville held an open house concerning ‘urban gardening’.

The proposed draft bylaw amendments were handed out and everybody could read the regulations proposed. Reading this text, I was confused and I had many questions.

First of all, they did not have any connection with the existing situation and with reality.

The terms were not defined, so it created confusion and would result in a difficult situation for people who want to use their own land for the purpose of farming and selling food off their property. It would prohibit almost all of the activities that are included in typical, small-scale farming.

We all had the same questions on our minds and in our hearts. Where do we draw the line? At what point do we stand up and feel forced to break existing, antiquated laws and bylaws that restrict our fundamental and constitutional rights?

We live in a country that prides itself as being free and democratic, as being non-discriminatory. We support causes in other parts of the world, we help refugees within their own countries and allow them to immigrate here.

We talk of sustainability, a green revolution, and green jobs. Yet, we find ourselves lost in a tangle of contradictory, confusing bylaws that restrict small scale farmers, who will in the near future become extremely important in maintaining our tenuous and fragile food system.

How about instead of hindering people who promote revolutionary ideas and ways of being, we help them, encourage them and support them in their actions?

History has shown us that the actions of people who are willing to lead the way are those who are able to see the coming storms on the horizon and work toward preparing for the future.

For all those who feel that they are proud Canadians, please read the proposed  bylaw draft at www.lantzville.ca and give your input before it is too late.

Oana Luca

Nanaimo

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