Lehigh Valley Resident Asks: What of Farmland Preservation?

At least one resident is publicly urging local officials to refocus efforts on farmland preservation. A Letter to the Editor in the Morning Call today (late yesterday? At least online) speaks to the importance of preserving our region’s precious farmland, especially in these tough economic times.

The resident, Joan from Salisbury Township, reminds us that voters overwhelmingly supported the Growing Greener campaign in 1999 and 2005. Five years later, the region is still on path to losing precious farmlands at a devestating rate yearly.

Should our legislators consider this a top priority at this time? Why or why not?

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on September 1, 2010, in Municipal Government, Urbanism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. If the counties & municipalities allow the little remaining farmland to be developed it will be a foolish mistake with tragic, long-lasting consequences.

    The farmland would be lost forever — just as people are beginning to realize the disastrous health consequences of industrialized agriculture and the importance of locally-grown food. And the same development would increase sprawl, and contribute to more disastrous environmental and health consequences than we see from the extensive suburban sprawl that has already contributed to the extremely poor air quality in the Lehigh Valley.

    Please ask your elected officials to do everything possible to preserve more farmland, before it is too late!

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