We must protect our agricultural land and our capacity to feed ourselves

We can’t ensure our food security if we don’t have cultivable land for our farmers. Sign the petition to demand a moratorium on agricultural rezoning.

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Last signataires : Valérie - Élise - Petr

The pressure on Quebec’s agricultural land is alarming. Despite the Act Respecting the Preservation of Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities, which took effect 40 years ago, our farmland continues to disappear year after year because of urban sprawl and financial and real estate speculation. An estimated 35,000 hectares have been affected over the past 20 years.

The pandemic has laid bare the fragility of our food systems and the importance of Quebec’s food autonomy. To feed our population, we must start with a sufficient supply of quality land that is accessible to Quebec farmers.

Despite the desire of the public and of the government to promote local food and food autonomy, the numerous instances of or attempts at rezoning agricultural land in recent years demonstrate the importance of remaining vigilant with regards to protecting our farmland.

It’s time that the protection of our agricultural land becomes a priority in Quebec. We must reinforce our food systems and make our agricultural systems more resilient. Quebec’s farmland must be seen as a strategic and vital resource.

OUR DEMAND:

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Andrée Laforest has announced a province-wide conversation about land use in Quebec, with the intention of setting out a coherent vision.

We are calling on the Quebec government to institute a moratorium on agricultural rezoning until this national conversation on land use has been completed.

We will help your voice be heard. Please sign the petition to tell the Quebec government that our farmland must be a priority.

Équiterre will keep you up to date on developments of this issue and other opportunities to become involved.