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A Farmer's Concerns

Gregory Roy

As a farmer and grower of organic food, I am greatly concerned about the Nuclear Energy/ Uranium cycle that continues to threaten us.

The mining of the ultra-radioactive mineral Uranium permanently contaminates land, soil and entire watersheds. Once this happens, the food system weakens as clean land and water are integral to our food and health.

The current food system in Canada and most elsewhere has been reliant on huge centralized factory farms growing weak food poisoned with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These foods are then preserved and shipped extreme distances by a petroleum dependant trucking system that pollutes air with large amounts of Carbon Dioxide.

This system is commonly recognized as unsustainable and we are currently witnessing and incredible shift in the food system to one based on locally grown foods that require much less travel and preservation and that provides fresher and more nutrient-rich foods with less pollution.

Now the current energy system, especially in Ontario, centralizes electricity production around a few huge generators (usually coal or nuclear fired), which then gets shipped hundreds of kilometers for use. To fuel these generators, huge amounts of coal or Uranium must be mined and shipped hundreds of kilometers. These nuclear generators do not run at full efficiency and create harmful byproducts that cannot be stored or disposed of safely. Should these systems fail, the fallout can be disastrous. Also, centralizing these generators and the private companies that own them displaces jobs and wealth to singular and distant areas from where the energy is actually used.

This energy system is becoming increasingly recognized as unsustainable. People are starting to value more locally generated energy. Low-cost solar retrofits to diminish hot water and heating costs, micro-hydro electric generation systems and wind generators are good examples of locally based energy systems. They generate minimal short-term by-products, hardly any long-term by-products or pollution, require little or no imported fuel and can keep maintenance work local. It is no longer realistic or necessary to import such integral needs of society across long distances. With existing infrastructure we can install these systems efficiently.

By supporting such local and community-based endeavors, the provincial government could help facilitate foundational integrity in its economy. By supporting innovation, communities would attract many aspects of a healthy economy and other components of a healthy community.