30 Apr 2014 adminPS
If elected I will propose the following:
Michigan develop a plan to declare 75% of the farmland south of Latitude 43.50 (Clare, Michigan), permanent farmland which can never be developed. Counties would catalog their farm acreage and battle out allocations The final allocation must equal 75% of current farmland across the entire area south of Clare. The final settlement would then be put on the ballot as a constitutional amendment.
There are three major ways a nation creates wealth. They can manufacture it, mine it, or farm it. Japan and Germany are manufacturing powers, and China is becoming increasingly wealthy due to manufacturing. The Arab Gulf nations, Australia, Brazil and Russia are gaining wealth through mining (or oil). The US and Brazil are the two major farm exporters.
Recent projections are for the world’s population to increase from 7 billion to 9 billion by 2050, but the world will have to double its agricultural output by 2050. This is because the developing world is eating more meat, poultry and fish (over 50% of the fish consumed by humans is fed grain in fish farms) as it becomes wealthier.
This increasing demand means America needs to protect its farmland in order to generate future wealth. Very little of America is fertile farmland, particularly grain farmland. The Northern parts of Ohio and Indiana, the lower half of Michigan’s lower peninsula, the Southern half of Wisconsin, and all of Illinois, Iowa , and Minnesota are the only productive grain farming areas which get enough natural rainfall to not need irrigation. Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma are big farm producers, but their aquifers are slowly being drained dry.
Tags: Preserving Farmland