Submission to the SW Need Hearings of the Royal Commission on Electric Power PlanningPublisher: The Food Land Steering Committee, Drayton, Canada
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX953
The Food Land Steering Committee is a large umbrella group organized in 1975 to coordinate agricultural concerns in connection with the Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning.
Abstract: The Food Land Steering Committee is a large umbrella group organized in 1975 to coordinate agricultural concerns in connection with the Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning.
This brief to the Royal Commission of Electric Power Planning calls for an independent hearing dealing with both the need for the completion of the construction of the Bruce B Generating Station and the need for additional bulk transmission facilities. The Committee objects to Ontario Hydro's narrow definition of need, and calls for a hearing that takes into account the impact of additional electrical facilities on the environment; load growth is not assessable without relating it to growth in food needs, water requirements, etc. It is the Committee's position that food land must be a priority because of the limited amount of food land in Ontario and in Canada. Of all the food consumed in Canada approximately 40 per cent in dollar terms is imported food. The brief argues that we cannot afford (in social as well as economic terms) to compromise the future of our food lands.