Brandon University is involved in a nationwide study to examine the continuing loss of farmland and its effect on Canada’s global competitiveness and food sovereignty.
"In the last 40 years, farmland approximately twice the size of Prince Edward Island has been taken over for urban activities," said Doug Ramsey, of BU’s department of rural development.
Ramsey is a member of the research team that will spend the next four years studying agricultural land use planning.
"We need to understand how this transfer affects our ability to be a food-producing nation and contribute to the conversation about policies for the future," he said.
The study, spearheaded by the University of Northern British Columbia, is funded through a $464,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
"An important part of the research will be meetings with farmers and residents of rural and urban communities, in town halls, coffee chats and other informal gatherings to hear from the people directly affected," Ramsey said.
The research team intends to publish a book documenting policies and identifying beneficial practices, for future researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and teachers.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 11, 2013