My friend Glenn Nelson, Environmental Educator for Chester County Parks, frequently reminds us of a message delivered by a college professor he had who came from China. Dr. Chen said [I paraphrase], “Never forget, what makes America great is that she can feed herself.”
At that time China was a net importer of food, and historically, the U.S. has been a net exporter, although imports here are rising faster than exports (U.S.D.A. Economic Research Service).
In this region we live amidst the richest agricultural soils in the nation that do not need irrigation. To pave that over, to convert it to houses, shopping centers, and parking lots, is to take that land out of food production pretty much forever. It also precludes any future that involves restoring natural habitat.
It seems to me that it is a matter of national and regional security to ensure that we have a local way to grow our own food. To do that, we need to preserve the land on which that food grows.
Please support your local farmers, your local land trust or conservancy, and ask community leaders to support measures to protect the open space upon which we all depend.