The Stratford Beacon Herald
Anyone who is following the debate on wind turbines might be a bit undecided since both sides claim they are right.
One issue has not been discussed. That is situating them on farmland. Farmland is a scarce commodity worldwide. In Ontario it is very scarce. Ontario has about 3.3 % of its land classified as number 1, 2 or 3. These are the generally accepted classes for food production. Ontario has roughly 96.7% of its land not suited for food production.
Another interesting fact is that the Ontario government owns 86% of Ontario’s land base. If we want to pursue wind and solar energy why not put it on Crown land. Some say farmers have a right to put up energy-producing units on their farmland. I disagree. If farmers want to invest in power-generating energy units let them rent land from the government that is not suited to agricultural production. I wonder how many people in Stratford realize how close some of these ugly wind turbines may be built near one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Patrick Lynch, certified crop advisor, BSc, MSc Stratford