Grow closer to home

I applaud Morgan Ostler’s efforts to renew and redefine an agricultural base especially in this age of a failing global economy

I applaud Morgan Ostler’s efforts to renew and redefine an agricultural base especially in this age of a failing global economy.

The truth is that fruits and vegetables, all foods we consume for that matter, are fresher and therefore contain more nutrients the closer they are produced to home.

The truth is we import freight cars of fruits and vegetables from Washington, California, Mexico and South America along with foreign pesticides, herbicides and ripening agents.

The truth is gas prices are soaring and ferry costs are criminally unreasonable. Food produced closer to home is not only more nutritious, it will ultimately be more affordable and readily available in our future.

The truth is forestry, aquaculture and construction industries feed families.

Agriculture will feed the community and potentially many Island communities.

Going organic is great, but it can be expensive. Growing and consuming closer to home is good for our community, our economy, our health and just makes good sense.

Lorna Hallson