Do Urban Growth Controls Save Farms?

Banning urban development using urban limit lines may save farms but doesn't help to save farmers.

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August 28, 2000, 11:00 AM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @http://twitter.com/legalaidtech


California is rapidly losing agricultural land to urban development and many areas are facing a dilemma: How can we house and employ growing populations without harming agriculture? Growth controls and urban limit lines aim to rein in sprawl and prevent paving of fields. However, banning urban development using growth controls may save farms but doesn't help to save farmers. "If agriculture is to survive...society must change its contract with farmers... it must help local agriculture thrive in the new global economy."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Sunday, August 27, 2000 in Contra Costa Times-Walnut Creek

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