15-0202 v2.1/This Neglects Our Need For Sustainable Farming

QUESTION

This entire standard seems arbitrarily urbo-centric. Our current agricultural system is very energy-inefficient and relies almost entirely on fossil fuels for both energy and fertilizer inputs, as well as producing significant pollution of water, soil, and air. In order to slow the destruction of our environment and ourselves, we need a distributed agriculture made of many more small farms with greater personal energy inputs from a larger number of people. That will require MORE people living in rural areas, not fewer. More people in rural areas will require more houses in rural areas, or - God forbid! - a new kind of "reverse commuting" from city to country for the workday. And, it will require them (us) to know our air, soil, water, and native plants much more intimately than we do now. That cannot be accomplished to any great extent in by in-building our already over-crowded urban areas.

ANSWER

"It is neither arbitrary nor urbo centric in the way that you suggest. The standard advocates the protection of farmland from meaningless urban sprawl that destroys and marginalizes food production and habitat while increasing transportation-related problems. It also grants exceptions for people truly wanting to farm. We are in complete agreement about the current paradigm of industrial agriculture and the need to change it back to a more decentralized, local and healthy system. There is a big difference between a rural community and the exurbs of most cities that are niether urban or rural. There are many wonderful old farm communities that have been abandoned - offering plenty of brownfield and greyfield sites for reuse. I've spent the last decade in the midwest and have visited dozens of truly rural communities that are mere ghosts of their past. It would be wonderful for many of them to see new life around a sustainable agrarian economy. Wes and Wendell would approve. cheers, J"


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